Candice Susan Swanepoel (/ˈswɒnəpuːl/; Afrikaans: [svanɛˈpul]; born 20 October 1988) is a South African supermodel and philanthropist. She is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. In 2016, she was listed 8th on the Forbes top-earning models list.
Candice Susan 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. While growing up Candice was a ballet dancer. 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.
Swanepoel has appeared in editorials in American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, Greek, 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.
Swanepoel 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, 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 Mall, Edmonton. 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, 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.
In 2018 she launched her own swimwear collection Tropic of C.
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”.