Candice Swanepoel works hard… real hard. ‘I’m up and on-set pretty early, usually by 5am,’ Candice tells the March issue of Self Magazine. It’s easy to imagine the Victoria’s Secret Angel glamming it up into the wee hours all over New York, South Beach and LA. Her reality is another story.
‘I’m up and on-set pretty early, usually by 5am.’ Candice explains that the light for shooting swimwear is best at sunrise and sunset. After shooting for 12 hours a day, often seven days a week, the blonde beauty hits the gym.
‘I’m an athlete,’ she says. ‘I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong.’
Growing up on a dairy farm in South Africa, Candice saw her dad start his day at 4am.Being surrounded by real-world life and death shaped her determined personality. ‘Africa is not for wussies. It’s in our culture to be hard workers.’
Candice surprised many with her revelation that she almost quit modeling because she was alone and lonely in Europe.
‘Every day, I was working with different people who were speaking different languages, so I was never able to form any relationships. I just wanted to go home.’ During that time, she was also told that she needed to lose weight. ‘I was so used to people criticizing me for being too thin that it was shocking to me,’ she says. ‘I was crying.’
Yes, you read that correctly. Candice Swanepoel was told to lose weight, leaving her so frustrated and depressed that she was ready to quit modeling entirely. And then she got a call that changed her life. And it wasn’t Avon calling.
Candice is lensed by Sebastian Kim wearing the Apple Watch, a factoid not called out loud and clear in the online interview. This makes Candice the first woman to wear the Apple Watch in a US magazine, writes Apple Insider. Melissa Ventosa Martin styles the shoot.
Candice is also circulating as the cover girl and sexy centerfold in Maxim’s newly upgraded debut. Candice Swanepoel By Gilles Bensimon For Maxim Magazine March 2015