Candice Swanepoel is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret since 2007. In 2016, Candice Swanepoel came in 8th on the Forbes top-earning.
Born Name Candice Swanepoel
Nick Name Candice Swanepoel, Flamingo
Occupation Fashion or Runway Model
Years active 2003–present
Age: October 20, 1988, 30 years and 3 months, Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Sun Sign Libra
Hair color: Blonde, but, she is naturally a brunette (Brown colored hair). She dyed them “Blonde” when her career with Victoria’s Secret was taking off.
Eye color: Blue
Height:5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Measurements: 34-23-34 in or 86-58.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Personal Trainer: Justin Gelband
Agency: IMG Models (New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Sydney), Elite Model Management (Barcelona, Copenhagen), Modelwerk (Hamburg), Munich Models (Munich), Way Model Management (Sao Paulo).
Nick Name Candice Swanepoel, Flamingo
Sun Sign Libra
Father – Willem Swanepoel
Mother – Eileen Swanepoel
Siblings – Stephen Swanepoel (Brother)
Candice Swanepoel was born to Willem Swanepoel and Eileen Swanepoel (née Green) and raised in Mooi River, South Africa, in an Afrikaner family of Dutch descent. Her father is from Mutare, Zimbabwe, previously known as Umtali.
Her mother is South African. She has one older brother named Stephen.
Candice Swanepoel attended boarding school at St. Anne’s Diocesan College in the nearby town of Hilton.
At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market.
Candice was in St. Anne’s College, an all-girls boarding school, when she was chosen at age 15 for modeling.
Waist to hip ratio
Candice has appeared in editorials in American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, Russian, Australian, Brazilian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Mexican Vogue; Brazilian, British, German and South African Elle; British, South African, Romanian, Mexican and Chinese GQ; American, Spanish, Czech, Argentine, Turkish and Korean Harper’s Bazaar; V, Allure, W, and i-D.
Candice has walked the runway for Fendi, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Diane von Fürstenberg, Sportmax, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Viktor and Rolf, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Blumarine, and Ralph Lauren.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Shiatzy Chen, Michael Kors, Blumarine, Versace, Prabal Gurung, Diesel, Guess, Swarovski, Agua Bendita, Colcci, True Religion, Nike, Juicy Couture, as well as for Victoria’s Secret since 2007. In addition to appearing in the lingerie brand’s commercials, she was a featured model in the 2010 “SWIM” catalog, along with Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Behati Prinsloo, and Erin Heatherton.
In 2010, Candice Swanepoel became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Swanepoel modeled for the Kardashians’ 2010 swimwear line.
On 12 August 2010, Candice Swanepoel officially opened the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada, at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton.
In 2013, Candice Swanepoel was named the cover model of the coveted Victoria’s Secret Swim Catalogue.
Candice Swanepoel was chosen to wear the “Fantasy Bra” in the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The 10 million dollar bra, named 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.
Candice Swanepoel was voted No. 61 in 2010, No. 62 in 2011, No. 75 in 2013, and No. 36 in 2015 in FHM’s annual “100 Sexiest Women in the World” poll and No. 1 in 2014 Maxim’s “Hot 100 List”.
Candice Swanepoel made her debut at No. 10 on Forbes’ “The World’s Top-Earning Models” list, with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.
She was ranked No. 9 in 2013 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million. In 2015, she was ranked No 8 with earnings of $5 million. In 2016, she was ranked No 8 with earnings of $7 million.
She is fluent in Afrikaans, English and Portuguese, the last of which she learned from her boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian male model.
She has been dating him since they met in Paris when she was 17. In August 2015, the couple announced their engagement.
In March 2016, it was reported that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
On 5 October 2016, she gave birth to a son, Anacã.
As of 2017, she reportedly lives in New York City.
She has advertised for large number of fashion houses and brands like Agua Bendita, Apriori, Betsey Johnson, Calzedonia, Chanel, Christian Dior, Carina Duek, Colcci Denim, Diesel, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Fornarina, Guess?, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kensie, Hype Energy, KIO Networks, Nike, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren ‘Big Pony’ fragrances, Redken, Shiatzy Chen, Sass and Bide, Spezzato, Stimorol, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, True Religion, Versace ‘Bright Crystal’ fragrance, Versus eyewear, Versace eyewear, Victoria’s Secret and the list goes on.
Candice Swanepoel is signed to numerous talent agencies –
Munich Models – Munich
Modelwerk – Hamburg
Elite Model Management – Copenhagen
IMG Models – New York
Elite Model Management – Barcelona
IMG Models – Paris
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
MC2 Model Management – Tel Aviv Israel
IMG Models – Sydney
Charities, causes and opinions
Like fellow model Christy Turlington, Swanepoel is actively involved in Mothers2Mothers, a charity devoted to achieving an “HIV-free generation” of children and mothers in Africa. Swanepoel has designed denims for it.
She didn’t act in any of the films.
First Fashion show
Candice debuted with Ready to Wear – Spring / Summer 2006 fashion show where she walked the ramp for Tommy Hilfiger, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Candice Swanepoel Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Pasta, Pizza
Favorite Fashion Designers – Chloe, D&G, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs
Favorite Place for a swim – Brazil
Favorite Actor – Garrett Hedlund
Favorite Perfume – Victoria’s Secret Love Spell, Pure Seduction
Candice Swanepoel Facts
Candice Swanepoel was earning €5,000 or R40,000 for a day’s work, when she was 16.
Candice was voted no. 10 in 2012 Askmen World’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Minka and Mila MCConaughey are Candice’s cousins.
Candice belongs to a Afrikaner family of Dutch origin.
Candice Swanepoel currently lives in New York City, New York, USA.
Candice is first Victoria’s Secret Model from South Africa.
She can speak English, Portuguese and Afrikaans language.
Swanepoel learnt Portuguese from her longtime boyfriend Hermann Nicoli, who is also a model from Brazil.
Swanepoel has modeled for Kardashians’ 2010 swimwear line.
She was discovered at the age of 15, when she was shopping in a mall in Durban by an agent named, Kevin Ellis.
Swanepoel is good friends with models Behati Prinsloo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Candice donned the “Royal Fantasy Bra” worth $10 million in Victoria’s Secret fashion show 2013. It showcased 4,200 precious gems and is the most expensive fantasy bra.
She first got the honor to represent Victoria’s Secret in 2007 and became their angel in 2010.
Candice appeared at #10 in Forbes’ World’s Top Earning Supermodels of 2012, with $3.1 million.
She has a dog, named, Luna.
On Maxim’s Hot 100 list of 2014, she was placed at #1 spot.