‘No One Tells Me What To Do’
Taking on the breastfeeding shamers, swapping parenting advice with top models and not playing by the diet rules – Candice Swanepoel is no ordinary Angel
Sitting opposite Candice Swanepoel in a chic Parisian hotel, it’s easy to see why she’s one of the most sought-after models in the industry. The 28-year-old South African gained supermodel status after getting her Victoria’s Secret wings seven years ago and has dominated ever since. She’s been on a break since giving birth to her son Anacã, but is now back as the face of Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin Nude fragrance (available nationwide from July) – and VS just announced she’ll return to walk its iconic show. There’s plenty more to come from Candice...
Hi Candice! You’ve been a mum for six months – how’s it going? It’s such a mixture of feelings. It’s amazing, though – I’m loving motherhood. I loved my pregnancy too, all the different stages. You’ve been really open about breastfeeding on Instagram… I would never want to push my views on somebody else but obviously I’m going to be what I want on my Instagram. A friend of mine was breastfeeding at the mall and a security guard told her to leave. I just had a moment of wanting to say my views on [it] and say how natural it is and that no one should be ashamed to do it, in public, wherever. Have any celebrity mums given you any advice or help on the way? Yes, definitely. [Models] Lily Aldridge, Doutzen [Kroes] and Behati [Prinsloo] had their babies just before me. It’s amazing that so many of us are able to have babies so young because we started our careers so young. Obviously your body has always been in the public eye. Would you say you’d feel as comfortable sharing it now as you felt before having a baby? Yes and no. I’m getting used to it. After you have a baby you’re trying to figure stuff out, especially in the first year. You’re a mum and your body is basically there for your baby but I don’t think anyone should change their life. When it comes to body image and nudity, if it’s done in an elegant way, I don’t have a problem with it. But you’ve got to do what you’re comfortable with. A healthy diet and exercise have always been very important to you. Did you miss working out while you were pregnant? Some people still work out, lifting weights and stuff on Instagram, which freaks me out. I really enjoyed not having to exercise and closer to the end you’re so ready to have the baby – I just wanted to run without all that weight. In the beginning I just wanted to let go and enjoy my time. Are you strict with your diet or do you eat whatever you want? I crave stuff that’s going to be good for my body and give me energy, so it’s kind of automatic. I mix [in] a few things here and there like ice cream and pasta, but in general I don’t have to think about it too much. How does it feel to be the face of Givenchy’s new scent Dahlia Divin Nude? Being a part of the Givenchy fragrance is such an honour. I’ve done the campaigns and I’ve been a part of the shows, but I feel like representing a fragrance is really special because they choose you to embody what that fragrance is. It just fitted with me so much. The shoot was magical, and when I put the fragrance on that’s the way it makes me feel – I go back to the shoot. It’s almost like being on a movie set – it was so grand. What’s the best beauty tip you’ve picked up from modelling? Stay true to what works for you. It’s good to try different looks and get inspired, but analyse yourself and your colours and build on those. You’re constantly in the sun. How do you protect your hair? I always put on hydrating masks because my hair does get dry. I like to use ingredients from home so I don’t have to go to the salon – you can mix olive oil, avocado and coconut oil for a great DIY hair mask. What’s your skincare routine like? I cleanse, tone, moisturise and then I apply cream at night. I use different masks throughout the week depending on my skin. Biotherm has a mud mask that’s clarifying, or the hydration ones are good too. Do you plan to keep modelling? I don’t plan too much into the future. I believe a lot in destiny and [that] what happens happens – you can try to manifest certain things, but I definitely do want to continue having a great career and building my family as well because I’m really loving that. I definitely want to have a bunch of kids.
Candice is looking forward to having more children
Walking for Victoria’s Secret