Candice Swanepoel
Birth Date:
Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Birth Place:
October 20, 1988
5' 10" (1.78 m)
South African
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Victoria's Secret Angel


South African model Candice Swanepoel is most popular for becoming one of Victoria's Secret Angels. She made a name for herself for being the first South-African model to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Swanepoel debuted at No. 10 on the Forbes list of “The World's Top-Earning Models,” with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011. In 2013, she was ranked No. 9 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million.

Swanepoel was named one of FHM's “100 Sexiest Women in the World” in 2011 and one of Ask Men's Top 99 Most Desirable  famous women of 2013 in 2013. She was once ranked No. 6 on's list of “Top Sexist Models” and No. 28 on Spanish version of DT magazine's list of “Sexiest Woman in the World.”

Swanepoel has dated Brazilian male model Hermann Nicoli since 2005. They met in Paris when Swanepoel was 17 years old. Swanepoel is close friends with fellow African and Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Small Town Girl

Childhood and Family:

Candice Swanepoel was born on October 20, 1988, in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is a cousin to actresses Minka McConaughey and Mila McConaughey. She speaks English and Afrikaans. She also fluent in Portuguese, which she learned from her boyfriend Hermann Nicoli.

Royal Fantasy Bra


Candice Swanepoel was discovered in a mall in Durban by a model scout when she was 16 years old. Since then, she has appeared on the covers of American, Australian, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Italian Vogue, Brazilian, German and South African “ELLE,” British, South African, Romanian, Mexican and Chinese “GQ,” American, Turkish, Spanish, Russian, Czech and Argentinian “Harper's Bazaar,” “ i-D,” “Lush” and “Ocean Drive” (U.S.). She also has worked in advertisements for Guess?, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Swarovski, Colcci, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Juicy Couture, Versace, and True Religion. She has walked the runway for Donna Karan, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Fendi, Chanel, Elie Saab, Diane von Fürstenberg, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sportmax, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Viktor and Rolf,  Christian Dior, Blumarine and many other designers.

However, Swanepoel is most known for her association with Victoria's Secret since 2007. She appeared in Victoria's Secret's commercials and was a featured model in the 2010 “SWIM” catalog, along with Erin Heatherton, Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Behati Prinsloo. The blue eyed beauty became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010. The same year, on August 12, Swanepoel officially opened the first Victoria's Secret retail store in Canada, at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton. Also in 2010, she was a model for the Kardashians's 2010 swimwear line.

In 2013, Swanepoel became the cover model of the desirable Victoria's Secret Swim Catalogue. She was chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.  The 10 million dollar bra, dubbed as the “Royal Fantasy Bra,” is the most expensive fantasy bra since 2005 and worn by Gisele Bündchen.         


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