‘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

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