Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel is the cover star of the men’s magazine GQ UK for the May 2012 issue. Having grown up rearing animals on a South African farm, Swanepoel now roams the high plains of the world’s catwalks – and she’s just getting started. Photographed by Terry Richardson, Candice is the model of the year.
Highlights from Miss Swanepoel’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to British GQ!
On growing up on a beef and dairy farm in two South African town of Mooi River:
“It was such a pure, beautiful way to grow up. I used to wear overalls. And big boots, and poke cow poo, and helped the cows give birth. It was a really amazing playground.”
On being teased in school and getting revenge:
“A year before I got scouted [Candice was discovered aged 15 at a flea market in 2003], I would watch a lot of FashionTV. At school I got teased because I was so thin and awkward-looking. But the girls on TV looked similar to me. I would say to my mom, the girls at school are teasing me, but I look like those girls on TV. A year later, someone took me to an agency and that’s it. Revenge is always… [Laughs] I know it sounds terrible, but it does feel good to show those people.”
On working hard to achieve success:
“I put all my eggs in one basket when I left South Africa. I put my head down and worked my a** off. And look where it got me.”