Candice Swanepoel, born on October 20, 1988, is a South African model. Before relocating to New York City to work for Victoria’s Secret, the blonde, blue-eyed charmer had been discovered as a young adult and was a busy working model. She rose to prominence when she took part in one of Victoria’s Secret televised fashion shows as one of their “Angels.”
Candice Susan Swanepoel was born on October 20, 1988, in a small South African village called Mooi River. Her mother Eileen, a former aerobics instructor, and her father Willem are both of Dutch ancestry. Her older brother Steven, who is now a professional golfer, lived on a dairy and beef farm. They were raised in a natural, loving, and familial environment. She loved ballet and had aspirations of moving to New York to pursue a career as a dancer.
Fate had different plans. She was 15 years old when she was discovered by a model scout while perusing a Durban flea market while attending the all-girl boarding school St. Anne’s College. Within a year, she had secured modeling assignments all around Europe. International Vogue publications in Australia, Brazil, Greece, Spain, and Japan featured Swanepoel on their covers. She first met Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian model, in Paris in 2005. She moved to New York City to become a full-time model after bouncing between Milan, London, Paris, and South Africa. Swanepoel caught the eye of Victoria’s Secret and walked her first runway with them in 2007.
She has collaborated with renowned fashion photographers, including Bruce Weber and Mario Testino on editorial and high fashion projects for her portfolio. Steven Meisel, another key player in the fashion world, took the shot for her cover of Italian “Vogue.” After 10 years of dating, she and Nicoli got engaged in 2015 in between modeling for magazine covers and catwalks. They gave birth to their first child, a son named Anacã, on October 5, 2016, after waiting a year. Ariel, their second son, was born on June 19, 2018. Late in 2018, the couple divorced. Besides being a model and a mother of two, Swanepoel has entered the business sector by launching her swimwear line.
Swanepoel struts on the catwalk for the ready-to-wear Spring/Summer collection of Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana.
She not only earns her wings, but she’s also the face of the show’s invitations and its advertising campaign.
She wears the Mouawad-designed diamond, ruby, and yellow sapphire-encrusted Royal Fantasy Bra for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
She tops the “Hot 100” listing of the men’s magazine.
Swanepoel launches her own sustainable luxury swimwear line.
Why We Love Candice Swanepoel
She’s a simple girl at heart
Glamorous locations. Expensive clothes. Million-dollar contracts. Despite all these luxuries, Swanepoel is still happiest on a sandy beach with a pair of sunglasses, listening to Reggae music.
Her swimwear line supports female empowerment
The brand creates programs that support women all over the globe. They commission products from artisan groups in the developing world and contribute to charitable organizations such as mothers2mothers.
She was a designer for a good cause
Swanepoel collaborated with the company Mother to develop a denim capsule collection, with proceeds going to the mothers2mothers charity. The group assists young expectant moms and unborn children with H.I.V. and AIDS in Southern Africa.
5 Surprising Facts
She’s a fan of coconut oil
She regularly uses organic coconut oil as an all-natural beauty product; she uses it to condition her hair, remove makeup, and add it to smoothies for beautiful skin.
Her older brother is a pro golfer
Stephan Swanepoel (born in 1986) is a tall, blonde, and blue-eyed handsome golfer.
Her firstborn has a unique name
They gave their son the name Anacã, which is slang for 'bird' in Brazil, in honor of Nicoli’s Brazilian heritage.
She can speak three languages
She is a native speaker of Afrikaans and is also proficient in English and Portuguese—she learned the latter from Nicoli.
She has one sibling
Swanepoel has an older brother — Stephen Swanepoel— who is a professional golfer.
Candice Swanepoel FAQs
Is Candice Swanepoel in a relationship?
Swanepoel was engaged to the father of her two sons, model Hermann Nicoli, in 2015. The pair unfollowed each other’s social media accounts in late 2018. In mid-2019, she announced via Instagram that they had broken up. In March 2022, she was linked to actor Andres Velencoso.
Did Candice Swanepoel leave Victoria’s Secret?
She’s been part of the fashion and beauty brand’s family since 2007. Before the company discontinued its televised runway fashion shows, she had appeared in 11 shows.
How do you pronounce ‘Swanepoel?’
It’s an Afrikaans surname, originating from the Dutch ‘Zwaenepoel.’ It’s pronounced “zwan-ne-pole.”
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