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“With a good mixture of fitness and healthy food, I always feel great! Being confident in your own skin is very sexy.”

Career highlights

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2003

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Discovered at a Flea Market

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2007

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First gig for Victoria’s Secret

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2010

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Becomes a Victoria’s Secret Angel
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Candice Swanepoel

Career highlights

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2003

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Discovered at a Flea Market
Candice is spotted by a modeling scout while shopping in a Durban flea market at the age of 15. By 16, she’s walking the runways in Paris.

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2007

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First gig for Victoria’s Secret
The blonde beauty becomes the first South African model to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show.

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2010

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Becomes a Victoria’s Secret Angel
Candice officially becomes one of the company’s signature angels.

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2013

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Chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra
Candice is named the cover model of the coveted Victoria’s Secret swim catalogue and is also chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Created by Mouawad, the $10 million lingerie piece featured over 4,200 precious gems.

When Candice Swanepoel was younger, she says she was “so thin and awkward looking,” girls at school would tease her. Little did they know she would eventually become one of the most famous (and gorgeous!) supermodels in the world. While growing up in a little farming village in South Africa, Swanepoel was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market when she was 15, and by the age of 16, she was already walking the runways in Paris.

After two years of traveling throughout Europe, she took a leap of faith and moved to New York City to try to model full-time. It wasn’t long before Victoria’s Secret took her under their wings in 2007, which would become a hugely lucrative and high-profile gig that launched her into supermodel status. Since then, Swanepoel has amassed an incredible modeling resume filled with covers for the likes of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and GQ, and fashion campaigns for Nike, Diesel, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Swarovski, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Juicy Couture, and Versace, to name a few.

Swanepoel was voted #61 on FHM’s annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, #31 on Maxim’s Hot 100 List, and also made her debut at No. 10 on Forbes’ The World’s Top-Earning Models list. Since strutting her stuff clad in skimpy lingerie is all in a day’s work, the South African siren is known to work hard for her runway-worthy bod. She trains religiously with Justin Gelband, focusing on the lower back, hip, butt, balance, and stability with various total-body toning agility exercises. “For me, it’s become a total addiction. With all the traveling and tiresome work, being in shape and healthy helps me deal with everything that’s thrown my way,” she says. “Having a strength from the core makes all the difference.” Kristen Aldridge

Trivia

Favorite modeling destinations
Brazil and the Seychelles
Can’t Live Without
Phone, lip balm, music, love, and daisy dukes
Beauty Icon
Sophia Loren
Exercise Regime
Boxing, yoga, tennis, running