'Modelling was my revenge': Candice Swanepoel shows school bullies what she's made of in racy shoot
19:43 GMT, 27 March 2012
If only they could see her now… well, they'd have to have been hiding under a rock if the haven't.
Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel has revealed that she was taunted at school for her small frame.
But the 23-year-old said modelling has been the perfect revenge for those bullies.
Swimsuit body: Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel shows off her impressive physique in her latest shoot for GQ magazine, gaining revenge on her school bullies
While modelling a range of beachwear and lingerie for GQ, the blonde said she felt like an outside growing up in South Africa, until she was discovered at a Durban flea market, aged 15 in 2003.
She told the magazine: 'A year before I got scouted, I would watch a lot of FashionTV. At school, I got teased because I was so thin and awkward-looking. But the girls on TV looked similar to me.
'I would say to my mom “The girls at
school are teasing me, but I look like those girls on TV”. A year later,
someone took me to an agency and that’s it.
She may as well have been naked! The 23-year-old also modelled a thong and bizarre black heels
Out now: Candice covers May's GQ
'Revenge is always… I know
it sounds terrible, but it does feel good to show those people.
'I put all my eggs in one basket when I left South Africa. I put my head down and worked my ass off. And look where it got me.'
Candice, who has been dating Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli since she was 17, said that whenever she feels down, she'll look at social networking sites to cheer up.
'Whenever you feel down, you can check on Twitter and feel better about yourself, because it’s only people who like you.'
The beauty said she had developed lasting friendships with fellow Victoria's Secret models, who understood what she was going through.
'It’s so nice. We live a very different life that not many other people can understand.'
In one shot for the magazine, Candice can be seen showing off her incredibly long legs in just a pink thong, covering her chest with her arms.
In another, she dons just a white, full-piece swimsuit and an orange and black flower necklace.
The star graces the cover of the magazine, posing seductively with her finger in her mouth, wearing a red and black one-piece.
Read the full interview with Candice in the may edition of GQ.