Models appear in large numbers every year, but only a few manage to rise to the rank of a supermodel. One of them is the South African-born model Candice Swanepoel. With her characteristic blue eyes and blond hair, her effortless elegance, beauty, and class, she is one of the biggest names in the fashion world. Since she was scouted as a teenager, she has not looked back but has become a star on the uphill track, with no signs of slowing down.
She debuted on the Victoria Secret catwalk in 2007 and became an angel in 2010. The supermodel also graced many fashion magazines, did several ad campaigns for top brands, and was on the Forbes list of highest-earning models. From her resume, her baby, her assets, her husband, or boyfriend, we have you well covered.
Candice Swanepoel’s Bio
Candice Swanepoel was born on October 20, 1988, in an African family of Dutch descent, the daughter of William and Eileen Swanepoel. Her father is originally from Mutare, Zimbabwe, while her mother is South African and her hometown is Mooi River, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. She grew up with her older brother Stephen on a cattle and dairy farm. She attended St. Anne’s Diocesan College, Hilton, a girl’s boarding school.
Even though modeling was natural to her, her first love was dancing, and that was what she wanted to do. She was a ballerina and wanted to attend the ballet school in New York before fate at the age of 15 decided to offer her another course. However, her years of training as a young dancer contributed to her endurance, which enabled her to achieve the perfect posture on the catwalk and to develop into a better model.
Swanepoel was discovered at the age of 15 at a flea market in Durban and soon moved to Europe to pursue her modeling career full-time. For the next two years of her life, she ran on the catwalk shows for major designers, including Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti, and appeared in the advertising campaign for the Nike brand. At one point in her career, Candice almost gave up modeling because of the growing loneliness of working with different people who spoke different languages and were unable to build relationships. All she wanted at that time was simply to go home. But a call from the lingerie mistress Victoria Secret saved her career.
Candice Swanepoel made her first appearance at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2007 and became an Angel in 2010, underlining her talent and professionalism in the modeling world. Since then, she has participated in every single Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, including the awarding of the coveted $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra, fully adorned with precious gems, in 2013, modeling for the 2010 Kim Kardashian swimwear collection, and opening the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada on August 12, 2010.
She raised her art quite quickly and rose through the ranks in a short period of time. Since then she has featured in a number of international fashion publications, modeled for some of the top brands in the fashion world, and has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns. Swanepoel has appeared in editorials such as Vogue, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, W, worked for numerous fashion giants including Fendi, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, and has appeared in advertising campaigns for Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, Shiatzy Chen, and others.
In addition, the supermodel is considered sexy and beautiful and as such has participated in the annual FMH survey “100 Sexiest Women in the World” between 2010 and 2015. Maxim also nodded to her facial features, placing her as No. 1 on the 2014 “Hot 100 List”, making her the first South African woman to head the Maxim Hot 100.
The supermodel and one of the most sought-after women in the world not only walk the catwalks, but she also has other references in her portfolio. She is polyglot and speaks three languages fluently, including English, Afrikaans, and Portuguese. She is also a philanthropist. She also launched her own swimwear collection Tropic of C in 2018 and has had the opportunity to travel to the world’s major cities, although Brazil remains her favorite place.
Since the beginning of her modeling career as a teenager, Candice Swanepoel has remained consistent and has risen to the top of the industry. She has been a constant on Forbes’ list of top-earning models, who have climbed into the top 10 every year since 2010, when she debuted at number 10, with an estimated $3 million in earnings that have only risen over the years.
The South African-born model has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
Is Candice Swanepoel Married? Baby, Boyfriend
Candice has not only held the rudder together for over a decade in her career, but she has also maintained stability in her private life. Since she became friends with Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli (born July 8, 1982) in 2005, the duo has remained inseparable and are now parents of two lovely boys.
They met in the city of love: Paris, when she was only 17 years old, and Nicoli, 23 years old. However, Hermann decided to go a step further in their relationship when he asked the question after 10 years. The models got engaged in August 2015, and their first son Anacã (Brazilian jargon for bird) was born on October 7, 2016, while his brother Ariel arrived on June 19, 2018.