Candice Swanepoel Reveals the Secret to Feeling Confident in a Bikini

NOTE: This is a quite old interview (from 2013) When being on the VS swim event in Seattle. POPSUGAR got a time to interview Candice, let's take a look.
POPSUGAR: Have you ever been to Seattle before? What were your first thoughts when you were selected to visit?  
Candice Swanepoel: No, this is my first time to Seattle! I was very interested and excited when I found out. Some of my favorite music artists are from here.  
PS: You're often jet-setting to the most incredible, exotic locales. How does Seattle stack up?  
CS: I love traveling to Paris and Rio de Janeiro, but because I'm always traveling to big cities, it's nice to come to a smaller city like Seattle. It has a great energy and small-town vibe.
PS: So, what must haves are in your suitcase right now?  
CS: Havaianas flip-flops, something warm for the airplane, and portable speakers. 
PS: You're from South Africa — what are some of your favorite things about traveling stateside? Anything about home make you nostalgic? 
CS: I do miss my family and the more relaxed lifestyle. My favorite thing about traveling in the US is that everywhere you go there is so much culture and history. 
PS: Now that we're in the thick of Summer, what's your secret for feeling confident in a bikini?  
CS: I love having a good sun-kissed glow before the beach — some self-tan lotion is always good! I also feel good when I'm working out regularly.

PS: And in honor of being the first-named Angel for the inaugural Swim Tour, can you tell us about your very first bikini memory?  
CS: My mom actually used to put me in one-pieces when I was little. She was a dance teacher, so I actually used to try and make my own bikinis with her leftover Lycra when I was little!

Bazaar meets Candice Swanepoel

When Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman, founders of  Bottletop, were looking for a face to front their new collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez, never in their “wildest dreams” did they imagine that they’d find someone with which they had so much in common as Candice Swanepoel. Working with the blue-eyed blonde-haired model, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, is “a match made in heaven,” explained the boys when we met the trio in a Harrods restaurant.  The Bottletop Foundation was launched in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for education projects based in Africa and South America, and was followed by the Bottletop Fashion Company a decade later – which creates handbags made from recycled bottletops and aluminium ring pulls  “I had been looking for a charity to work with for a little while, but there was nothing that really spoke to me – if I do something, I really want to be involved and feel passionate about it,” Swanepoel told us. “And my agent heard about Ollie and Cam, she told me about what they do and the fact that they’re based between Brazil and Africa, two places that I really care about. Then I met them, was inspired by their energy and their drive to make it work.”  The model fronts their latest trio of spring/summer 14 handbags, designed by Narciso Rodriguez – one of which was named in her honour. But, as Saul and Wayman soon discovered, Swanepoel isn’t your average spokesmodel.  “I like to see everything first hand – I don’t just want to do an event in New York and London, I want to go to South Africa and Brazil and really be a part of it. To see where and how the bags are made and how they are helping people,” she said. “Luckily they are letting me be quite involved!”  Earnest and compassionate, Swanepoel explained how a decade of working in the industry has taught her to be more selective about the jobs that she accepts and the people that she works with.  
“For many years as a young girl I was just trying to make it for myself, earn money and have a great future. But now, I’ve earned money and I got to a point where I thought, ‘Do I really need to do this job, is it really going to change me or help me?’ So that’s why I was looking for something that would really feed me in a different way. I feel like a lot of celebrities feel a responsibility to do that – they feel like they have to – whereas I didn’t, it just organically became something that I needed in my life,” she explained. “Sometimes in my world you have to do things that are not really you and sell things that are not really you – but I don’t do anything that I’m not going to talk sincerely about. So it’s a real pleasure for me to do this.”  So how does she prevent herself from feeling overworked and underappreciated?  “It’s a business so people will try and get you to do everything that you possibly can – particularly when you’re younger, it’s much harder. But I take a lot of inspiration from travelling and different cultures and seeing real life, so that’s what I like to do – I go and travel somewhere and purposefully don’t stay in a nice hotel because that feels like work,” she said. “I try and do things that inspire me, and give me energy to go back to work and be a happy person. You need that to be able to work as much as we do. I took a month off for Christmas and New Year, and I know it sounds like a long time, but I come back better and stronger than ever and happy to work. You can see it in the eyes, your attitude – it’s a very personal job that we do. People are in your face all the time, and if you’re not right or you’re not happy, then it’s very difficult. So that’s how I continue! It’s good, now my projects are feeding my business as well.” 

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How do supermodels prepare for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show? Angel Candice Swanepoel shares her fitness secrets for getting ready and her favorite lingerie from this year's show.  Every year, angels in skimpy but elaborate outfits spread their wings and strut down the runway of the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Millions of people around the world tune in to watch. For the seventh year in a row, Candice is one of them -- this year, the star of the show. With just weeks before the bright lights hit, we wanted to know how she was getting ready. 

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One of my favorite workouts is training with weights. It really tones my muscles and keeps my arms lean. I always feel the burn afterward, but it’s worth it! I also like boxing to work my arms and core strength, ballet to elongate and stay supple, and jumping rope to warm up before any workout. Getting ready for my busy day in New York City, where I’m promoting Victoria’s Secret Bombshells’ Day on February 14. I like wearing VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo because it adds the perfect color to my cheeks. Showing off my favorite lingerie, beauty products, and fragrance picks for Valentine's Day at Victoria's Secret Herald Square. I adore this push-up bra and garter slip, as well as this heart-shaped set of fragrances to give your special someone. As for my own V-Day plans this year, I'm going to be in NYC and my boyfriend will be in Brazil, so I’m going to have a girls' night out. For a midday pick-me-up, I’m having my usual Earl Grey tea latte—with a side of red lipstick. On the way to another event, we got stuck in traffic in the middle of Times Square. I used the chance to take in the scenery—and snap a selfie. Whenever I’m in New York, I miss my two little pups, who are back in Brazil. Wish I could take them with me everywhere I go! It’s so strange opening the door to my apartment and not seeing their sweet faces. I like to eat fresh, organic food and loads of fruit and vegetables. If I eat something that’s not fresh, I feel it immediately, so I crave good food. And I crave meat—I grew up on a dairy and beef farm. I don’t cut anything out, and if I overdo it, I just work out more.

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