Candice Susan Swanepoel ( born 20 October 1988) is a South African supermodel, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. In 2012, she came in 10th on the Forbes top-earning models list.
Swanepoel was born to Willem and Eileen Swanepoel and raised in Mooi River, South Africa, to an Afrikaner family of Dutch descent. She has one brother named Stephen.At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market.
Swanepoel has appeared in editorials in American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, Russian, Australian, Brazilian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Mexican Vogue, British, Italian, and Chinese Elle, American and Korean Harper’s Bazaar, V, Allure, and W.Swanepoel made her debut at No. 10 on Forbes’ “The World’s Top-Earning Models” list, with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.She was ranked No. 9 in 2013 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million. In 2015, she was ranked No 8 with earnings of $5 million.
Swanepoel has appeared on the covers of Australian, Brazilian, Mexican, Korean, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Italian Vogue, Brazilian, British, German and South African Elle, British, South African, Romanian, Mexican and Chinese GQ, Turkish, Spanish, Czech and Argentine Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Lush and Ocean Drive (U.S.)
Like fellow model Christy Turlington, Swanepoel is actively involved in Mother2Mother, a charity devoted to achieving an “HIV-free generation” of children and mothers in Africa. Swanepoel has designed denims for it.