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Candice Swanepoel (/ˈswɒnəpl/ SWON-ə-pool; Afrikaans: [svanɛˈpul];[3] born 20 October 1988) is a South African model, best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.[4] In 2016, she came in 8th on the Forbes top-earning models list.[5]

Candice Swanepoel
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Swanepoel at Victoria's Secret Michigan Avenue Store Hosting "The Nakeds" Launch in Chicago, Illinois, 2010
Born Candice Swanepoel
(1988-10-20) 20 October 1988 (age 29)
Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Model
Years active 2003–present
Partner(s) Hermann Nicoli (2005–present; engaged)
Children 1
Modeling information
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Hair color Blonde[2]
Eye color Blue[2]


Family and early lifeEdit

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.[6] Her mother is South African. She has one older brother named Stephen.[7][8][9] Swanepoel attended boarding school at St. Anne's Diocesan College in the nearby town of Hilton.[10] At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market.[11]


Swanepoel has appeared in editorials in American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, 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.[2]

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,[1] 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,[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]


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[15] and No. 1 in 2014 Maxim's "Hot 100 List".[16]


Swanepoel made her debut at No. 10 on Forbes' "The World's Top-Earning Models" list, with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.[17] She was ranked No. 9 in 2013 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million. In 2015, she was ranked No 8 with earnings of $5 million. In 2016, she was ranked No 8 with earnings of $7 million.

Personal lifeEdit

She is fluent in Afrikaans, English and Portuguese, the last of which she learned from her boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian male model.[18][19] She has been dating him since they met in Paris when she was 17.[20] In August 2015, the couple announced their engagement.[21] In March 2016, it was reported that she was pregnant with the couple's first child.[22][23] On 5 October 2016, she gave birth to a son, Anacã.[24][25] As of 2017, she reportedly lives in New York City.[26]

She is close friends with fellow models Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[8]

Charities, causes and opinionsEdit

Like fellow model Christy Turlington, Swanepoel is actively involved in Mothers2Mothers, a charity devoted to achieving an "HIV-free generation" of children and mothers in Africa. Swanepoel has designed denims for it.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Candice Swanepoel: About". IMG Models. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Candice Swanepoel". Fashion Model Directory. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pronunciation: Candice Swanepoel". Forvo. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Vasilieva, Aneliya (28 May 2012). "Focus on Models: Candice Swanepoel". Fashion Style Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Robehmed, Natalie. "The World's Highest-Paid Models 2016 - pg.1". Forbes. 
  6. ^ "Umtali Junior School Standley House · 1967". 
  7. ^ Blasberg, Derek (18 December 2012). "A Candid Interview with the Impossibly Beautiful Candice". Mr. Blasberg. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Model Profile: Candice Swanepoel". New York. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Arthurs, Deborah (6 June 2012). "What's her Secret? Angel Candice Swanepoel Is the Ultimate Beach Babe in Lingerie Giant's New Campaign". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  (Raised.)
  10. ^ Mbuyazi, Nondumiso. "We found Candice, says agency". 
  11. ^ Govender, Devi Sankaree (presenter); First Edit (producer) (29 May 2005). "Mooiriver magic". Carte Blanche. M-Net. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Go Behind the Scenes of the Victoria's Secret Swim Catalog!". ET Online. 5 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Mah, Bill (27 July 2010). "Cosmo Supermodel Coming for Victoria's Secret Kickoff". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Apatoff, Alex (16 October 2013). "The Victoria's Secret Angel Wearing This Year's $10 Million Fantasy Bra Is ... (Drumroll)". People. StyleWatch (column). Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Candice Swanepoel—South African Angel". FHM. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "2014 HOT 100 List: #1Candice Swanepoel". Maxim. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Blankfeld, Keren; Bertoni, Steven (5 May 2011). "The World's Top-Earning Models". Forbes. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "'Pretendo Morar no Brasil', Conta a Angel Candice Swanepoel. Confira!" ['I Want to Live in Brazil', Says the Angel Candice Swanepoel. Confira!]. 180graus (in Portuguese). 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  19. ^ WeLoveModels (28 January 2011). "Candice Swanepoel para WLM". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "GQ Girl: Candice Swanepoel". GQ South Africa. May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  (Full article, pp. cover, 8, 66–72.)
  21. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (15 August 2015). "Candice Swanepoel Is Engaged! Model Set to Marry Longtime Boyfriend Hermann Nicoli". E! Online. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  22. ^ Marquina, Sierra (18 March 2016). "Candice Swanepoel Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Fiance Hermann Nicoli". Us Weekly. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  23. ^ Candice Swanepoel [angelcandices] (17 May 2016). "My Not so little boy 👶🏼💙". Instagram. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  24. ^ Shenton, Zoe (8 October 2016). "Candice Swanepoel Welcomes Baby Boy with Fiancé Hermann Nicoli and Name Him Anacã". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. [not in citation given]
  25. ^ Candice Swanepoel [angelcandices] (8 October 2016). "Life is sweet. 👶🏼Anacan (Anacã) 5th-October -2016". Instagram. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  26. ^ "Candice Swanepoel". 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  27. ^ Meadows, Holly (30 January 2015). "Candice Swanepoel Designs Denims for SA Charity". Elle South Africa. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

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