Models emerge in their numbers yearly but only a few turn out successful rising to the rank of supermodels. One of them is the South African-born model, Candice Swanepoel. With her signature blue eyes and blonde hair, effortless elegance, beauty, and class, she is one of the biggest names in the fashion arena. Since she was scouted as a teenager, she has not looked back but has continued on the uphill lane to stardom with no sign of slowing down.
She debuted on Victoria’s Secret catwalk in 2007 and became an Angel in 2010. The supermodel has also graced many fashion magazines, headlined several ad campaigns for top brands, and has frequented Forbes’s list of highest-earning models. From her bio, baby, net worth, husband, or boyfriend, we have you well covered.
Candice Swanepoel Biography
Candice Swanepoel was born in an Afrikaner family of Dutch descent to William and Eileen Swanepoel on October 20, 1988. Her father is originally from Mutare, Zimbabwe while her mother is South African and her hometown is Mooi River, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. She was raised on a beef and dairy farm alongside her older brother, Stephen. She attended St. Anne’s Diocesan College, Hilton, an all-girls boarding school.
While modeling may have come naturally to her, her first love was dancing and that was what she wanted to do. She was a ballerina and wanted to attend ballet school in New York before destiny charted a different course for her at age 15. Her years of training as a young dancer have, however, added to her stamina which aids her perfect poise for the catwalk and has helped her become a better model.
Swanepoel was spotted at the age of 15 in a Durban flea market and moved to Europe shortly to pursue her modeling career full time. For the next two years of her life, she walked the runway shows for major designers, including Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti as well as appeared in the advertising campaign for the Nike trademark. At a time in her career, Candice almost gave up on modeling due to a growing loneliness consequent of working with different people who were speaking different languages and was not able to form any relationships. All she wanted then was just to go home. However, a call from the lingerie powerhouse, Victoria’s Secret saved her career.
Candice Swanepoel first appeared at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2007 and became an Angel in 2010 highlighting her talent and professionalism in the modeling arena. Since then, she has walked in every single Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show including donning the coveted $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra, fully embellished with precious gems, in 2013. Furthermore, she modeled for the swimwear collection released by Kim Kardashian in 2010 and opened the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada on August 12, 2010.
She stepped up on her art pretty quickly rising through the ranks within a short time. She has since featured in a slew of international fashion publications, modeled for some of the top brands in the fashion world, and appeared in numerous ad campaigns. Swanepoel has appeared in editorials such as Vogue, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, W, run the walkway for numerous fashion giants including Fendi, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, as well as appeared in advertising campaigns for Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, Shiatzy Chen among others.
Moreover, the supermodel is considered sexy and beautiful and as such, has frequented FMH’s annual “100 Sexiest Women in the World” poll between 2010 and 2015. Maxim also gave a nod to her features by ranking her the No. 1 in their 2014 “Hot 100 List”, making her the first South African to top the Maxim Hot 100.
The supermodel and one of the most desirable women on earth, do not only walk the runways, but she also has other credentials in her portfolio. She is a polyglot, fluent in three languages including English, Afrikaans, and Portuguese. She is also a philanthropist. Moreover, she launched her own swimwear collection Tropic of C in 2018 and has had the opportunity to travel to major cities across the globe although Brazil remains her favorite place.
Since launching her modeling career as a teenager, Candice Swanepoel has remained consistent and has risen to the top ranks of the industry. She has been a constant feature on Forbes’s list of top-earning models, making the top 10 every year since 2010 when she debuted at No. 10 with an estimated earning of $3 million which has only increased through 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 helms together in her career for over a decade and counting, but she has also maintained stability in her personal life as well. Since she hit it off with the Brazillian model, Hermann Nicoli (born on July 8, 1982) in 2005, the duo has remained inseparable and is now the parents of two lovely boys.
They met in the city of love, Paris when she was only 17, and Nicoli, 23. Hermann, however, decided to take their relationship up a notch when he popped the question after 10 years of dating. The models got engaged in August 2015. Their first son named Anacã (Brazillian slang for bird) was born on October 7, 2016, while his brother, Ariel arrived on June 19, 2018.