photos shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia
A bit about Candice...
KZN born Candice Swanepoel grew up with the nickname Flamingo in her home town, Mooi River. Born in 1988, Candice was discovered by a model scout in Durban in 2003.
Candice has climbed the modelling success ladder ever since, in every sense of the word. From being an unknown small-town girl, to becoming a highly ranked supermodel earning over 5000 Euros for a day’s work.
It wasn’t long after moving to New York that Victoria’s Secret discovered her beauty and took her under their great big feathery wings. Joining the faces amongst the Victoria Secret Angels and gracing the very sought after covers of Vogue magazine, this girl has done it all. Candice’s résumé includes covers for Vogue (Greece and Italy), ELLE (Germany), advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess? and Versus Eyewear as well as gracing the runways for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Sass and Bide, Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg. In 2010 Candice officially opened the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada. Being born and bred in Durbs myself, hearing about her achievements in the media has brought a sense of inspiration to me. It really goes to show that you can come from a (really) small town and achieve your wildest dreams.The international modelling industry is one of the toughest to break into, and Candice has conquered it, whilst establishing her face with internationally acclaimed brands. Getting paid thousands of dollars a day to look gorgeous and see the world? This girl is living the dream