What's her Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel is the ultimate beach babe in lingerie giant's new campaign
17:52 GMT, 6 June 2012
There is something almost otherworldly about Candice Swanepoel. Her figure, with its coltish long legs, flat stomach and enviable curves, is as far removed from those of normal folk as it gets.
The supermodel (should they wear capes) is very much its own species – and Victoria's Secret models, or Angels, as they are called, are at the top of the pile.
Candice, who became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010, is currently one of the world's highest paid models – the Forbes Rich List ahs her among the top ten highest earning models after she brought home 1.9m last year.
What's her Secret Candice Swanepoel looks alarmingly good in these new shots for Victoria's Secret
Despite her ethereal looks, she is an
earthy girl at heart. Brought up on a dairy and beef farm in a small
town called Mooi River in South Africa, Candice revealed in a recent interview with GQ
magazine that she was bullied as a schoolgirl for being thin.
As is so often the way, the duckling
blossomed into a swan, and at 15, she was picked up by a model scout in a
Durban flea market.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Candice has now walked for top designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce
and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel, Diane von Frstenberg, Givenchy, Jean Paul
Gaultier, and made it onto Vogue's hallowed cover.
At 23, she's already settled down –
she has been dating her Brazilian model boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli since
she was 17 – though she admits she enjoys nights out with fellow Angels including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
'It's so nice. We live a very different life that not many other people can understand,' she said.
Earthy roots: The Victoria's Secret Angel grew up on a dairy and beef farm in Mooi River in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. The model reveals she was teased for being thin as a schoolgirl – but was then discovered by a modelling agency age 15
Success: Candice features on this year's Forbes Rich List of top ten richest models after bringing in 1.9m last year
Romantic: Candice has been dating her Brazilian model boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli since she was 17
Summer collection: Candice models the latest line from the lingerie giant, featuring vibrant colours with splashes of leopard print and lace trim