By the time you read this, even if you are just waking up in the morning, chances are Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel has already been at hard at work.
“I’m up and on-set pretty early, usually by 5 a.m.,” says the 26-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel, who routinely shoots for 12 hours a day, often seven days a week. “I do a lot of swimwear, so for the best light, we try to get the sunrise and sunset.”
Afterward, when everyone else goes home to relax, Swanepoel hits the gym for a full-body workout. “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.”
According to Self magazine, Swanepoel grew up on a beef-and-dairy farm in South Africa. “I saw my dad wake up at 4 every morning to milk the cows. I’d put on my overalls and gum boots and follow him around,” she says. “Growing up surrounded by so much life and death and realness shaped my personality. Africa is not for wussies. It’s in our culture to be hard workers.”
After being scouted at the age of 15, moving to Europe to walk for incredible designers, and learning to live on her own - Swanepoel was told one thing she never expected: 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.”
Just as she was about to quit modeling all together, she was contacted by Victoria Secret and her life changed forever. She is now happier, healthier, and devoted to keeping a lean, fit figure the healthy way.
She loves swimming, running, and doing pilates daily.