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Candice Swanepoel (/ˈswɒnəpl/; Afrikaans: [svanɛˈpul];[15] born 20 October 1988) is a South African supermodel and philanthropist, best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.[16] In 2016, she was listed 8th on the Forbes top-earning models list.[17] She has been among the Top 10 earning models every year since 2010.

Candice Swanepoel
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Swanepoel in 2010.
Candice Swanepoel

20 October 1988 (1988-10-20) (age 30)[1]
NationalitySouth African
Years active2003–present
Partner(s)Hermann Nicoli (2005–present)
Modeling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Hair colorBlonde[3]
Eye colorBlue[3]



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.[18] Her mother is South African. She has one older brother named Stephen.[19][20] While growing up Candice was a ballet dancer. Swanepoel attended boarding school at St. Anne's Diocesan College in the nearby town of Hilton.[21] At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market.[22]


Swanepoel has appeared in editorials in American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, Greek, 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.[3]

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,[2] 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,[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

In 2018 she launched her own swimwear collection Tropic of C.[26][27]


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[28] and No. 1 in 2014 Maxim's "Hot 100 List".[29]


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.[30] 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 longtime boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian model.[31] She has been dating him since they met in Paris when she was 17 and he was 23.[32] In August 2015, the couple announced their engagement after 10 years of dating.[33]

In October 2016, she gave birth to a son, their first child, in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil.[34][35] In June 2018, she gave birth to her second son.[36]

As of 2018, she reportedly splits her time between Brazil and New York City.[37] She is close friends with fellow models Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[20]


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.[38]


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