Candice Swanepoel Covers GQ UK (May 2012)

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.”



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