At just 27 years old, it kinda seems like Candice Swanepoel has it all. She’s been voted one of the world’s hottest women countless times – which is only natural as the supermodel has been gracing magazine covers since she was 16 years old. So it was no surprise to hear that Juicy Couture has snapped up the star and announced her as its ambassador for Viva La Juicy’s newest fragrance, Viva La Juicy Rosé, £37 for 30ml. We caught up with Candice to find out what it really takes to be a global super, her date-night beauty essentials, and exactly how she gets that drop-dead OMG body.
Hi Candice, how does it make you feel to know that you’re body inspiration for so many women?
Oh, it’s so nice. Sometimes I really need to hear that, especially before a big shoot or a show when I’m usually freaking out! I mean, it is a lot of hard work to stay in shape so it’s nice to hear [laughs].
What are your favourite workouts?
I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately, but I’ve always boxed and done resistance training.
What part of your body do you have to work hard to perfect?
My legs, as I think it’s important to have strong legs, especially on the runway. I like a small waist so I don’t spend too much time trying to get a six-pack. I’d rather spend that time on my legs.
How do you prep for a big photo shoot like the Juicy Couture campaign?
For me, sleep is really important. I need eight hours of sleep. On the morning of a shoot I try to avoid carbohydrates, so I’ll have fruit and yogurt – anything but bread, because it drains me of energy.
So what’s your favourite guilty-pleasure food?
That is so hard to choose… I’d have to say Mediterranean food like grilled octopus and Greek salad when I’m craving something fresh, but I also love Italian food – like all the pastas, especially carbonara.
What’s your go-to beauty look for a date night?
I like to remain close to my most natural look. I’ve been with the same person for so long [Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian male model] and he likes me in jeans and a T-shirt. I think that fragrance is more important than, say, make-up because when you meet somebody their scent stays with you. Whenever I meet somebody I’m like: ‘Wow, you know you smell amazing!’ So pick the right fragrance for a date.
What do you look for in a date-night fragrance then?
Jasmine is one of my favourite scents, and that’s why I love Viva La Juicy Rosé [£37 for 30ml]. It has a note of jasmine while being fruity and fun.
I do like to mix things up, but I think this will be my go-to scent for spring and summer as it’s got such a fresh smell.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve picked up backstage or on a shoot?
Each make-up artist works in such a different way – some use their fingers and some use specific brushes. I like to use my fingers when I do my make-up because the warmth of your hands really gets the foundation to blend better. It’s easier to work it into your skin, so it’s not just sitting on the surface.
What would you say is the best and worst thing about being a model?
The worst thing is getting your hair styled all the time! That’s why I use a lot of hydration treatments – usually a little coconut oil does the trick. The best thing would be to be in such a creative industry with so many different people from all over the world with different stories. It’s kind of like working in a melting pot of culture and creativity.
You’re super-close to your fellow Victoria’s secret models – do you guys share style tips?
Behati Prinsloo and I are really close friends – we tend to share more emotional tips than fashion or beauty. As we both work in the same job and we’ve had a similar upbringing, we really lean on each other as friends.
If you could describe your friends as emojis, what would they be?
Behati would be the emoji smiling with the wide mouth open. Lily Aldridge would be the upside-down smiley face emoji.
And which emoji would you say you are?
I think I’m like the purple smiling devil!
Viva La Juicy Rosé is available nationwide debenhams.com
Photography by Kevin Mazur