Victoria's Secret Angel
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When Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman, founders of Bottletop, were looking for a face to front their new collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez, never in their “wildest dreams” did they imagine that they’d find someone with which they had so much in common as Candice Swanepoel. Working with the blue-eyed blonde-haired model, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, is “a match made in heaven,” explained the boys when we met the trio in a Harrods restaurant.
The Bottletop Foundation was launched in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for education projects based in Africa and South America, and was followed by the Bottletop Fashion Company a decade later – which creates handbags made from recycled bottletops and aluminium ring pulls
“I had been looking for a charity to work with for a little while, but there was nothing that really spoke to me – if I do something, I really want to be involved and feel passionate about it,” Swanepoel told us. “And my agent heard about Ollie and Cam, she told me about what they do and the fact that they’re based between Brazil and Africa, two places that I really care about. Then I met them, was inspired by their energy and their drive to make it work.”
The model fronts their latest trio of spring/summer 14 handbags, designed by Narciso Rodriguez – one of which was named in her honour. But, as Saul and Wayman soon discovered, Swanepoel isn’t your average spokesmodel.
“I like to see everything first hand – I don’t just want to do an event in New York and London, I want to go to South Africa and Brazil and really be a part of it. To see where and how the bags are made and how they are helping people,” she said. “Luckily they are letting me be quite involved!”
Earnest and compassionate, Swanepoel explained how a decade of working in the industry has taught her to be more selective about the jobs that she accepts and the people that she works with.
“For many years as a young girl I was just trying to make it for myself, earn money and have a great future. But now, I’ve earned money and I got to a point where I thought, ‘Do I really need to do this job, is it really going to change me or help me?’ So that’s why I was looking for something that would really feed me in a different way. I feel like a lot of celebrities feel a responsibility to do that – they feel like they have to – whereas I didn’t, it just organically became something that I needed in my life,” she explained. “Sometimes in my world you have to do things that are not really you and sell things that are not really you – but I don’t do anything that I’m not going to talk sincerely about. So it’s a real pleasure for me to do this.”
So how does she prevent herself from feeling overworked and underappreciated?
“It’s a business so people will try and get you to do everything that you possibly can – particularly when you’re younger, it’s much harder. But I take a lot of inspiration from travelling and different cultures and seeing real life, so that’s what I like to do – I go and travel somewhere and purposefully don’t stay in a nice hotel because that feels like work,” she said. “I try and do things that inspire me, and give me energy to go back to work and be a happy person. You need that to be able to work as much as we do. I took a month off for Christmas and New Year, and I know it sounds like a long time, but I come back better and stronger than ever and happy to work. You can see it in the eyes, your attitude – it’s a very personal job that we do. People are in your face all the time, and if you’re not right or you’re not happy, then it’s very difficult. So that’s how I continue! It’s good, now my projects are feeding my business as well.”
The Narciso Rodriguez for Bottletop collection is available to buy exclusively at Harrods in the UK.
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The life of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, filled as it is with glittery runway-stomping and $10-million-bra-wearing, probably doesn’t always leave time for a quality workout. But, you’d better believe that when an Angel hits the gym, she does not mess around.
To celebrate its sporty new workout line, VS Sport, the lingerie retailer gave us an exclusive peek at supermodel Candice Swanepoel‘s workout routine. And, not surprisingly, this is no halfhearted treadmill trot. Hit “play” to see Swanepoel lace up her boxing gloves and go hard, Rocky-style (no word on whether raw-egg smoothies have a place at the Angel table). You’ll also get a peek at how an Angel earns her arms. Turns out, it’s a complex dance of bicep curls, triceps presses, yoga stretches, and unidentified archery-type moves. Add a few push-ups to the mix, and this might just be the next SoulCycle.
Click on to see the full video, and shop VS Sport here. For those of us who’ve been ignoring our resolutions in favor of hardcore ramen eating couch time, this is just the kick in the (yoga) pants we need.
Passionate about Brazil , the angel of Victoria ‘s Secret chose in Salvador the first to support social causes in your life – and , Vogue , revealed why the gesture is much more important for her than for women of Bahia poor community
Candice Swanepoel speaks Portuguese , has a house in Brazil , like your acarajé with little pepper and plans to meet a yard of Candomblé sometime. There was , however , none of these reasons that led to South Africa to Bahia in the middle of last year. In August , she chose Trancoso ( place your favorite ” in the world ” ) as the location for the cover of this editorial in the January issue of Vogue . The next month , arrived in Salvador on a journey lightning which went unnoticed by the paparazzi . Wearing cotton shirt , plaid shirt tied at the waist , jeans and Converse sneakers , the angel of Victoria ‘s Secret and fourth sexiest model in the world ranking Models.com followed up the neighborhood Itapuã to meet women of a community needy responsible for plots that give grace to the British brand Bottletop accessories .’
Under the command of Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman , designer makes an intensive social work through his foundation, promoting the inclusion of young people exposed to risks such as HIV virus pregnancy , drug abuse and adolescence through educational programs funded with sale of clothing accessories . In Brazil , based in Sao Paulo with Womanhood Project , which provides assistance to pregnant teenagers and Salvador , which enables the artisans that enchanted Candice – there, under the eye of coordinator Luciano dos Santos , they received lessons from a designer brought from the studios of prêt – à-porter Paris to create colorful bags , clutches and belts from recycled tin rings . Interested in Bahia as anywhere else – the top says that there is a unique corner of the world where he feels at home – she posed for the brand campaign without charge and was keen to go there know closely a piece of first social project supported in your life .
” After so much time working for a daily paycheck , the money shall not make you happier . Accomplish something is much more rewarding than taking a top job and increase my bank account . These ladies need us – but I need them too, ” Candice reflected during the visit . “It’s the first time I get involved with social work. Smaller I supported causes in New York , was in a charitable gala nights and such, but nothing as significant as this. For a long time I looked for a cause, but wanted it to be something I really wanted to do, not something that made me feel at work when I saw how passionate and young – . , therefore , could be doing other things now – were the people behind the project , and saw the places in which they act – there Salvador , but also a core in Mozambique , which brings me back to Africa – it seemed the right thing to do , “he added .
” In South Africa we do not learn much about South America learned English , History – about Brazil , I knew nothing ,” said the top , which influence the capixaba boyfriend met ( and quite ) the country for the last eight years. ” Vitoria, Belo Horizonte , São Paulo , Rio de Janeiro , Fortaleza , Conceição da Barra – . . Up to a reggae festival in Itaúnas I went ‘m gringa , but adopted the Brazil When I came to Bahia , the feelings I had were overwhelming . ‘s a place where I feel alive , I see good people around me and it makes me become a better person . ”
” For models , the life is in fast- forward mode – I can guarantee that I did things that many people 30 years and never made it all about yourself , . . You are your own business after a certain time in the industry , you tired of it . [ Pause ] I think that is why many models have children early , because then their story also involves another person , you know I also need to feel that I am doing things for someone other than me . ”
Owner of a house in the Holy Spirit and a respectable repertoire of words in the national vocabulary – she adores, for example, swearing in Portuguese – Candice is passionate about culture found here . Like eating acarajé (with a little pepper , please) , pot pie , prefer their meat at a barbecue with headlight and says it does a good vinaigrette . Hear a lot of Brazilian music , so on your iPod Jorge Ben Jor ago , Tim Maia , plus a bit of forró bands and reggae ( ” Freedom to Inside the Head ” , the Natiruts , is one of the favorite tracks , she sings head ) .
Also, is very interested in knowing a Candomble yard . I mention that there are people , even Brazilians, who feel frightened by this aspect of our culture . ” Nah ! I grew up in Africa , I’m not afraid of those things . ‘m Very interested in spirituality, in fact . Like to know what people believe , their different religions . Grew up Christian , but now I am in a spiritual way through which I connect with nature and the energy of the people – do not worry about the place to which I will when I die . ” And we thought we were restricted to the angels heaven.
In time, sold in spots like Harrods in London , scholarships of Bottletop landed on the shelves of multi Seas in February . And soon a designer weight of American fashion will support the project too. Keep your eye .
Candice is on her way (or already there) in St. Barths to shoot the for Victoria’s Secret Swim 2014 according to this tweet from photographer, Ben Watts! We can’t wait to see photos!
In the meantime check out other behind the scenes photos Ben Watts has taken of our beautiful, angel.
So after a few days of confusion and hearing about this event, without any real actual source I am pleased to tell you that Candice will in fact be launching her Royal Fantasy Bra tomorrow at the Harald Square Victoria’s Secret store in New York! Be sure you’re registered at our forum for live photos as they come in!
Candice Swanepoel , a model parades this year 10 million bra from Victoria’s Secret is the SPFW today! She is the star of the show and we took advantage of the Forum to talk with Brazil on top – a great addition to speaking Portuguese , it always comes back here because her boyfriend is Brazilian ! Look :
Which do you think is the best beach in Brazil ?
In Rio , I like Ipanema . Bahia has a lot of beautiful beaches , like all !
And the best place to relax ?
Ai , Bahia too!
What better place to party ?
In the woods ! But what I really like is party day at the beach .
What is your favorite food here ?
Barbecue, crab cakes, pie … I like everything !
The best place for dating ?
At home! I ‘m always traveling and meeting places , so for me to stay at home is a luxury .
And the best place to go with family ?
Ah , I like to go back to South Africa , right ?
And what’s in Brazil have to remind you of South Africa ?
That’s why I love the Bahia because there is a bit of African culture that resembles the place where I grew up . We also eat a lot of meat and people are very relaxed , like the quiet life , a family .
You tell us : what would you do with $ 10 million ?
Uuuh ! Would keep and give some pros dogs , some for Africa, with the rest going to live my life hidden in the woods .
I’m not telling ! ( Laughs )
1. Candice Swanepoel speaks Portuguese. And he speaks well. It was the Portuguese that the South African supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel – in São Paulo to parade exclusively for the Forum during this winter edition 2014 SPFW – answered questions from Vogue. Our conversation began in Bahia, one of her favorite places “in the world”, and finished in São Paulo, but always maintaining the same subject: his passion for Brazil. Below, the evidence of his love.
2. She has a house in Brazil. Back in the Holy Spirit. “It was very difficult for me to come here and then back to New York. Look, I do not love living in the city, grew up on a farm and is the proximity to nature shot my energy and inspiration.’s Bad work all the time and not be here, but I put in my head that it would be working hard to have the possibility of one day living here. ”
3. She only buys bikinis in Brazil. “Even the small shops, these places have good bikinis. You go shopping for clothes for gym here is good and bikinis; has more to do with the material than with the brand. Culture beach here is so that people know what works, “he said. And what works for her? “I like small bikinis, involving the body perfectly.” If she embraces the idea of Brazilian beachwear time with, for example, modeling a thong? “I have some, yes. Use in specific places, as it is not across the beach that leads to use. If I use one of these in Miami … [laughs]. I found an article once that said, ‘Do Candice Swanepoel someday will find a bikini that suits her? ‘[much laughter].
4 . She has a relationship with the body that is very Brazilian . ” In Brazil , you see Brazilian women ‘ hot ‘ , voluptuous . I feel very comfortable with my body . Obviously, working in lingerie all the time forced me feel like that.” And what is the obsession with the Brazilians call ” negative belly ” ? ” Oh my god . I hate it . ‘ Belly negative ‘ , argh ! Not like this thing , it ‘s cool that girls feel that they need to have it . This can be somewhat healthy , and that’s not what I want . I posted a photo of mine belly when I was training for the parade Vtoria ‘s Secret show and – let me show you [ stands up and shows her belly ] … If I do so, look [ contracts ] , the lateral muscles go forward , and it seems that there belly gets more back. need to post a picture with positive belly … [ laughs ] .
5 . She wants to have her children in Brazil . ” I already feel married and now I think about having kids in a few years . Want them born in Brazil , I do not know exactly where , maybe in Victoria , as my husband , or somewhere else . But I want everything to happen naturally, without hurry . ”
6 . She twists a team and loves the Brazilian Neymar . ” I like football and root for a team in Brazil, but do not ask me which , if I say half of Brazil will hate me ,” he said . I do not watch much football matches , but like Neymar . I follow the news about Brazil and saw how he evolved a few years back . ”
7 . She accesses daily sites in Brazil . ” Even when I’m in New York , Brazilians access some websites to know what happens in the country I read about fashion , sports, politics … AMuitas I see the news on Twitter , many of my followers are Brazilian . Moreover , it is good I train for the grammar of the Portuguese language . ”
8 . She loves Brazilian food . Feijoada , and meat pie with streusel are among their favorites. And she says that even risk cook some dishes that are typical here . An example ? “I make a good vinaigrette ,” he confessed .
9 . She knows more cities of the country than many Brazilians . ” Victory , Belo Horizonte , São Paulo , Rio de Janeiro , Fortaleza , Conceição da Barra , Itaúnas . ‘m A gringa , but I was raised here since 17 . Was the only place in the world that came three or four times a year . People are shocked at how much I know , it ‘s on me ( … ) . I adopted this country , it was very natural for me . ‘ll always have African roots and Brazilian Heart ” .
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