Candice Swanepoel is a South African fashion model who began modeling at a young age.
Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Her early life and career beginnings
Candice was raised in Mooi River, a little South African village, by her parents Willem and Eileen Swanepoel. She’s from an Afrikaner family of Dutch origin. Her mother is a South African, while her father is a Zimbabwean. Candice has an older brother named Stephen.
She attended boarding school at St. Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, South Africa. Scouts discovered her in a Durban flea market at age 15 and eventually introduced her to the modeling world.
Candice was passionate about beauty and fashion from a very young age. After a year of meeting the model scout, her career started to kick off with booking shows across Europe. Within two years of shuttling between Europe and South Africa, she moved to New York to model full-time.
Her professional career life
Soon after moving to New York, Victoria’s Secret discovered her, and she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010, gaining worldwide recognition. She also modeled for the Kardashians’ 2010 swimwear line in the same year.
Her career began burgeoning with her involvement in reputable editorials in American, British, Italian, Russian, Australian, Brazilian Vogue, and the likes. She also appeared in British, Brazilian, German, and South African Elle.
Candice transitioned from domiciling in a dairy and beef farm in a small village in South Africa to walking the runway for big brands like Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendy, Givenchy, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Christian Dior, and several others. A big feat she didn’t think would materialize.
She has had the fantastic opportunity to appear in Versace, Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, True Religion, Blumarine, Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Colcci, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta, Givenchy, amongst other ad campaigns.
In 2013, Candice was the cover model of the Victoria’s Secret Swim Catalogue and the perfect choice to wear the Fantasy Bra in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Candice launched her swimwear collection, Tropic of C, in 2018 and won the Launch of the Year award at the 5th Annual Daily Front Row Awards.
In 2016, Candice was ranked No. 8 with earnings of $7 million on Forbes’ World’s Top-Earning Models.
Apart from her good looks, Candice attributes her success to her goal-driven and ambitious nature, considering that she started from nothing to something.
Candice’s personal life
Candice speaks fluent Afrikaans, English, and Portuguese. She began dating Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian model, after they met in Paris at 17. They announced their engagement in August 2015 and have two sons together. The couple broke up in November 2018.
She lives to relax on a beach, wearing sunglasses and listening to reggae music.
Her Charity works
Candice is a patron of mothers2mothers, a charity organization dedicated to building healthy, thriving families. The organization seeks to create employment opportunities for women living with HIV, and in turn to help other young women in their communities.
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