Nothing like catching up with your besties, especially when you all live in different countries. So when Candice Swanepoel and I were in town for New York Fashion Week recently, we dropped by Joan Smalls’ place to cook a meal (or let Joan do the cooking!) and catch up. We all grew up as ‘farm girls’ in different corners of the world – South Africa, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands – and I think that’s why we have a special connection, to each other and to the earth.
Candice Swanepoel and Ajuma Nasanyana are the faces of the new campaign of Tropic of C; resort collection. The brand teased in a short video new photos.
Candice Swanepoel is celebrating her 31st birthday today! We shared a birthday video edit on Instagram with the next caption:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL!👼 Is your birthday in Europe. I want to send you lots of love and blessings on this day; YOUR DAY.
Have a lots of laughs, fun and love from your friends and the little angels.
I want to thank you for being a muse, role model, endless inspiration and amazing idol, not only for me but for all your Swanetors.
HAPPY 31st birthday gorgeous angel!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL!👼 Is your birthday in Europe. I want to send you lots of love and blessings on this day; YOUR DAY. Have a lots of laughs, fun and love from your friends and the little angels. I want to thank you for being a muse, role model, endless inspiration and amazing idol, not only for me but for all your Swanetors. HAPPY 31st birthday gorgeous angel! #angelcandice #angelcandices #candiceswanepoel #themermaidfiles #tropicofc @angelcandices
Candice’s birthday party videos and photos can be seen following this thread in our Twitter account.
Candice Swanepoel at her birthday party on 10/19. pic.twitter.com/RfEjuubqdn
— DivineCandice.Com (@DivineCandice) October 20, 2019
Maxim cover girl and Sports Illustrated last rookie Jasmine Sanders talked for Maxim magazine about her nickname, career and mentioned Candice Swanepoel as a former Maxim cover girl that she looks up to.
Are there any past Maxim cover girls that you look up to?
Olivia Culpo is definitely a friend of mine, and I was really excited to see that she got the cover and help her celebrate and everything. The list goes on. In the fashion industry, I love Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum… Candice Swanepoel is just someone that I’m obsessed with. I think she literally does no wrong. The list can go on though.
What do you admire most about them?
They made sure that they made their own lane, and they have a voice for themselves, and they give back to the community and really try to do more than just being the girl on the cover or the girl in the pages of the magazine. It’s just something I really look up to.
Read the full interview at Maxim.Com
Are you curious about the favorite songs from top models like Carol Trentini, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sasha Meneghel, Candice Swanepoel and Marlon Teixeira?
In an unusual new campaign, the stars of the WAY Model agency – by Anderson Baumgartner, reveal what doesn’t come out of their playlists. The models team is part of WAY’s new campaign, focused on the next Brazilian fashion season – São Paulo Fashion Week N48.
To know the complete list of models and their favorite songs, just check out WAY’s show package for the next fashion season, SPFW N48. The composites are accompanied by a Spotify QR code, which will redirect you to the respective playlist.
The SPFW parades take place from October 13th to 18th at Ibirapuera Park, in São Paulo.
Follow the list below and press play!
South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel loves Brazilian music, and names like Gilberto Gil, Elba Ramalho and Mestrinho don’t leave the playlist.
Check her playlist bellow:
Original article written by Vogue Brasil. Translation by Chelsea at DivineCandice.com
Candice Swanepoel shared via Tropic of C a handwritten letter of love to her homeland; Africa.
Africa. A distant and intimidating land to many, untouchable in its vastness, wild to its core, where weakness flounders and strength essential for survival. An unforgiving land where poverty and hunger are a daily struggle, a country plagued with troubles and strife. South Africa, my birthplace, my home, sits at the southern tip of this land. A country with a resounding heartbeat, and soulful energy where beauty is illuminating and sorrow so vividly present.
The unspoken truths of children taking care of children in the many shanty towns scattered all over the country, where ‘sangomas’ witch doctors offer superstitious remedies and where colour and religion a bloody battlefield for hundreds of years…
But Africa is where I grew up, where my family grew up and where their parents’ parents made their home. The pulsating beat of the African drum lives inside of me, and when I hear that soulful beat, I could be anywhere in the world, my spirit ignites, the music carrying me home, where my senses engulfed with the sights and smells of this special land.
It takes me back to the smell of the summer rains…
… A feeling that always humbles me. A feeling that makes my soul smile.
Africa has a vibration, a racing pulse, a living energy which can only be felt and not fully portrayed in literature. You have to experience it to truly know its sensation! I remember the hot African sun on my skin and the cool mysterious nights that followed with whispers of history and wonder.
It’s impossible not to feel grounded in Africa. I grew up knowing and experiencing firsthand that we are just a tiny speck of an overwhelming ecosystem in which we are powerless in God’s great land. Africa can be relentless and unforgiving, yet so sensationally beautiful and nurturing in the same breath.
I would sit at night and listen carefully to each amazing sound as night fell. If you are from Africa you know the lion’s roar, a sound that fills the night sky and makes every hair stand on end. A chilling yet beautifully powerful pant that announces his reign of the savanna. The hyenas’ cackling laughter that sends chills down my spine followed by a rush of adrenaline. The silence and serenity of Africa’s giants, the elephants as they move gracefully in their herds, their eyes always sparkling with the truest and most profound love. This is the Africa I love. Raw. Exciting. Soulful.
Then you experience the warm, spontaneous smiles of its people, its vast array of cultures, its rainbow nation. Different cultures, tribes, languages and beliefs, yet we all are bound together as one calling Africa home. With that feeling we can unite. We can find power in our differences and diversity!
I left South Africa when I was 16 years old to pursue my career but It never left me. You do not choose to live in Africa, Africa lives in you, and I carry Africa with me every day.
Africa taught me to be strong, very strong, resilient and curious. Very curious. I grew up seeing life, and death and rebirth consistently. This taught me to be at one with Mother Nature. Living and experiencing that level of nature will no doubt make you believe in a higher power. A God. Africa is what earth in its perfection looks like in God’s eyes. The animals run free and wild in the vast grasslands. The colors of the sunrise and sunset so vibrant and clear, painting the sky in reds, pinks and orange, showing the world its golden glow.
I remember it all so clearly. Its landscapes, its people, its songs. I have lived so far away for over 14 years, but I still feel the African drums beating in my heart, engulfing my soul with its rawness!
I had a farm in Africa, my home, where nature and culture molded me. I am eternally grateful to have been born in such a place. A place where if you want to ever believe in magic, it is here, in the winds, in the currents, in its heart!
Read the letter here.
Candice Swanepoel did a shooting for Vogue Japan with Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Sui He and Edita Vilkeviciute.
Make-up: Nicolla Ivanov Make-up and Georgi Sandev.
Photographer: Luigi Murenu.