Candice Swanepoel (/ˈkæn.dɪs ˈswɒn.ʌ.pl/;[2] born 20 October 1988) is a South African model best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. In 2012, she came in 10th on the Forbes top-earning models list.[3]


 [hide*1 Career


Swanepoel's resume includes covers for Australian, Brazilian, Mexican, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Italian Vogue, Brazilian, British, German and South African ELLE, British, South African, Romanian, Mexican and Chinese GQ, American, Turkish, Spanish, Czech and Argentine Harper's Bazaari-D,Lush and Ocean Drive (U.S.)[1] and advertisements for NikeDieselGuess?Tommy HilfigerTom FordPrabal GurungSwarovskiColcciTrue Religion,Ralph LaurenMiu MiuJuicy Couture and Versace.[1] Swanepoel has walked the runway for Tommy HilfigerDolce and GabbanaMichael KorsDonna Karan,Giambattista ValliJason WuPrabal GurungRag & BoneOscar de la RentaFendiChanelElie SaabDiane von FürstenbergSportmaxBetsey Johnson,Stella McCartneyViktor and RolfGivenchyJean Paul GaultierChristian DiorBlumarine and numerous other designers,[1] as well as for Victoria's Secretsince 2007. In addition to appearing in the lingerie brand's commercials, she was a featured model in the 2010 "SWIM" catalog,[4] along with Lindsay Ellingson,Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyBehati Prinsloo and Erin Heatherton.

In 2010, Swanepoel became a Victoria's Secret Angel. Swanepoel modeled for the Kardashians' 2010 swimwear line. On 12 August 2010, Swanepoel officially opened the first Victoria's Secret retail store in Canada, at West Edmonton MallEdmonton.[5] In 2013, Swanepoel was named the cover model of the coveted Victoria's Secret Swim Catalogue. Swanepoel was chosen to wear the "Fantasy Bra" in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The 10 million dollar bra, dubbed the "Royal Fantasy Bra," was created by Mouawad. The bra and its matching belt featured over 4,200 precious gems, including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires set in 18 carat gold with a 52-carat ruby at the center. The "Royal Fantasy Bra" is the most expensive Fantasy Bra since the 2005 "Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra" worn by Gisele Bündchen.[6]


Swanepoel was voted No. 61 in 2010 and No. 62 in 2011 in FHMs annual "100 Sexiest Women in the World" poll[7] and No. 1 in 2014 Maxims "Hot 100 List".[8]


Swanepoel made her debut at No. 10 on ForbesThe World's Top-Earning Models list, with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.[9] She was ranked No. 9 in 2013 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Swanepoel was born and raised in Mooi RiverSouth Africa, to an Afrikaner family of Dutch origin.[10][11] At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in aDurban flea market.[12] She is fluent in Afrikaans and Portuguese, which she learned from her boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian male model.[13][14] She has been dating him ever since they met in Paris when she was 17.[15] She is close friends with fellow African and Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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