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Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, Daiane Sodre, Isabeli Fontana, Maria Klaumann for V Magazine 149

V MAGAZINE: Let’s start with the shoot. Can you describe that day?

CANDICE SWANEPOEL: I think all of us have been through a lot of crazy shoots. It was actually a really pleasurable day.

KATE UPTON: It was such a lovely day, which instantly puts you in a good mood. Plus, we were wearing workout clothes, so there’s a comfort level that you don’t always get on high fashion shoots. Also, I feel like, in the last couple of years, a little bit of creativity has been lost in editorial shoots… There have been so many recent shoots when they’ve been like, “Just come and be yourself.” And I think, I don’t really want to come on set and be me (laughs). I’m here to create something. And that’s really what this shoot felt like.

DAIANE SODRE: I want to add that it was one of the most special days of my career. Working with so many creative people and with two beautiful supermodels, I had to pinch myself so many times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

ISABELI FONTANA: The day on set surpassed my expectations and I felt revitalized with the group. It’s always refreshing to be surrounded by art, creativity, and professionalism. I’m very excited for the results.

V: What are the best and hardest parts of your job?

MARIA KLAUMANN: The best part of the job is traveling the world, meeting new people, and being open to embodying different personalities in each job. The worst part is that the career is very uncertain, with irregular jobs and, most importantly, no guarantee of success.

IF: The most rewarding part of the job is how special I feel to be part of a major team like this and to be able to inspire others. The hardest part is that we must deal with insecurities and are not able to have a routine. Fashion requires us to live in several places, in several time zones. I have the opportunity to travel all over the world and am so thankful for that. However, many times I land in a city and have to go from the airport to the studio and from the studio to the hotel. I end up not even knowing the city I’m in. That being said, I am extremely grateful for the profession and the path I have taken in fashion.

V: For those of you who’ve modeled for many years now, how has the work changed?

CS: The beauty of our jobs is that it’s always evolving. Some people like change. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I fight against it a bit. We spend so much time figuring out how to navigate a world, and then once you’ve figured it out, it changes. The other day, I had to make a “Get Ready With Me” video, and I felt like it was easier for me to fly 15 hours across the world and to do a 12-hour day than to make one of those videos (laughs).

KU: I’ve never questioned my life more (laughs). For those of us who didn’t grow up knowing how to navigate these new apps, it can be really difficult. The content now is very much in real-time, and is very raw, which I like as well, but personally, I prefer the glamor of the old-school way of making content. Honestly, social media has changed every industry. Now you’re coming from a place of analytics. I see it in my husband’s [Justin Verlander] job playing baseball, too. Like, “Oh, how many new followers did you get? How many views?” It’s so funny because fashion never felt honest to people, but it actually was honest. And now it can be very calculated.

DS: I think it’s made the market much more versatile. You’re going to be able to see more bodies and ages. It also gave us another platform for work, especially during COVID. And a voice. For example, I’m an ambassador for three different charities, [Delivering Good, Larger Than Life USA, and Love Together Brazil], and I’m able to use [my] platform for that.

KU: That’s exactly why we needed her on set. We need this young positive energy (laughs). But yes, in the old-school world, it was hard to make a name for yourself. And there were only like five or six girls who were able to accomplish that. Social media expanded that and gave so many models platforms.

V: You ladies are very busy and very booked. I wonder what your ideal day looks like when you’re not working.

MK: My dream day would be skiing, then going to the spa, followed by sitting around a warm fire with family and friends.

DS: My perfect day would be on the beach, maybe in Miami, drinking coconut water, and having a massage with my dog next to me.

IF: A dream day would be getting a big house right in front of the beach to bring my family and friends to stay the entire day on the beach, eating great, and dancing.

CS: Mine would be sleeping until I want to because that’s not a part of my day anymore. So my perfect day would start with sleeping in, spending time outside on the beach, or in nature with my kids. Eating good food, listening to some good music, and massages would be involved for me as well. And going to sleep early. Like, my guilty pleasure is sleep.

KU: My dream day is similar. Spending time with my family, doing something outside, whether it’s in nature or the water, paddle boarding, something involving animals—like going to a farm…Then having a movie night, staying in, having a good meal, and going to sleep early.

V: I love that three supermodels have the same ideal day, which basically involves sleeping, eating, being outside, and then it’s a toss-up between massages or hanging with kids.

KU: We’re really into necessities these days.

V: Who are some of your fashion icons?

MK: Growing up in Brazil, I always admired iconic supermodels such as Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Isabeli Fontana. To get the chance to work with Isabeli, in V Magazine nonetheless, was a dream come true. She is constantly inspiring me, and I feel honored to receive guidance from her.

IF: Stephanie Seymour, always.

V: With this story, we’re playing up the “traditional” use of the term bombshell. But the word has actually gone on an interesting journey full of changes in meaning. What does it mean to you today?

CS: In the past, a bombshell was purely about how women looked. It was meant to suggest that the woman was a sex symbol, but today it refers to women who are strong, confident, and successful.

DS: When someone calls me a bombshell, I take it (laughs). For me, every time and anytime I hear the expression “bombshell,” it is always in a positive way. I think of it as a strong, powerful, smart, and sexy woman that not only just owns who she is, but is able to influence people by expressing her sexuality, her wit, and her charm…The first thing that comes to my mind are the angels from Victoria’s Secret, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Bombshell has been used on some of the most influential, powerful women for generations.

KU: It’s interesting how “bombshell” has historically implied something “devastating” or “dangerous.” But to whom? Confident and empowered women have always disrupted the status quo. Previously it seems the term was most closely associated with a woman’s looks, and now it has grown to so much more. Today, “bombshell” signifies women fighting for basic rights of humanity such as reproductive rights, ownership of our bodies, gender pay gaps, and justice against violence and harassment. Did you know that until the 1970s, women in the U.S. were considered their husbands’ property? It’s sad that fighting for these basic rights is considered metaphorical to a bomb, but if that’s the case, then I’m proud to do so. I embrace being a “bombshell” and am grateful for others doing the same—mothers, career women, creatives, activists, politicians, leaders, and more.

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Candice Swanepoel attended two events on May 20th during the 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

The first was the Cannes premiere of The Apprentice, starring Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump.

The second event was the Michael Kors dinner celebrated at Martinez Beach.

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On May 19, 2024 Candice Swanepoel was spotted at a yacht with Amelia Gray for a lunch hosted exclusively for them.

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is back this Fall

The brand shared a new video on Instagram featuring Candice Swanepoel teasing the return of the VSFS.

We’ve read the comments and heard you. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is ✨ BACK ✨ and will reflect who we are today, plus everything you know and love—the glamour, runway, wings, musical entertainment, and more! Stay tuned…it only gets more iconic from here. 🪽#VSFashionShow

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Candice Swanepoel covers Numero Netherlands #10 issue

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Numéro Netherlands proudly features Candice Swanepoel on our latest cover, photographed by Agata Serge. Candice, known for her tenure as one of Victoria’s Secret’s iconic Angels, has left an indelible mark in the worlds of fashion and entertainment. In 2018, she launched Tropic of C, an eco-conscious swimwear brand that later expanded into activewear. Recently, she showcased her expertise as a guest judge on Netflix’s fashion design series, Next in Fashion. Dive into her full feature in our upcoming #10 issue, hitting stores this May.

photography AGATA SERGE

styling SARAH GORE REEVES at ALTERED AGENCY

producer JEAN JARVIS at AREA1202

hair HESTER WERNERT RIJN for AUTHENTICBEAUTYCONCEPT at WSManagement – UKYSAH, MOGEEN, BEAUTYSOURCENL

makeup CAROLINA GONZALEZ at FORWARD ARTISTS using ARMANI BEAUTY

photography assistant SZYMON GOSLAWSKI

senior fashion assistant DANIEL ZEPEDA

hair assistant NIKA PEARL-EDWARDS at ROBPEETOOMNYC

makeup assistant MELANIE TORRES

production coordinator DEVON JARVIS

studio UNTITLED NYC

photo lab ART LAB

editor TIMI LETONJA

interview JANA LETONJA

cover design ARTHUR ROELOFFZEN

The magazine previewed her interview on their website:

South African supermodel, entrepreneur and philanthropist CANDICE SWANEPOEL is a familiar face in the worlds of both fashion and entertainment. Renowned for her distinguished tenure as one of the iconic Angels of VICTORIA’S SECRET, she has graced the pages of numerous magazines, starred in major campaigns, and walked down countless runways. In 2018, she ventured beyond modelling and unveiled her brand, TROPIC OF C, offering ethically sourced eco-lifestyle swimwear. Two years later, the brand would expand into activewear, drawing inspiration from Candice’s own ballet and dance background. Recently, Candice served as a guest judge on the swimwear challenge episode of Netflix’s acclaimed fashion design series, NEXT IN FASHION.

You were the first South African model to walk the VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW. What are some of your favourite memories from the years of being a VS ANGEL?

Reflecting on the past 12 years I’ve spent with VICTORIA’S SECRET, there are countless memories that stand out to me as a VS Angel. One of the major highlights for me was definitely our annual swim trips. On these trips, I was given the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most stunning beaches and locations with the VICTORIA’S SECRET team. It was such an unforgettable experience. And of course, I treasure all of the relationships I built with the VS team. Working closely with the same crew for years, we became like a tight-knit family. The bonds formed during those shoots and shows are something I value immensely. I’ve made friendships and shared beautiful moments with individuals who have continued to be a part of my life even beyond my career with VICTORIA’S SECRET.

What inspired you to launch TROPIC OF C, your own brand and an eco-lifestyle one at that?

The vision of TROPIC OF C began to take shape in between me having my two sons, at a time when I was contemplating the mark I wanted to leave on the world beyond my modelling career. As the industry shifted and evolved, so did my aspirations, and I recognised an opportunity to channel my creativity and aesthetic into something deeply personal that I could share with everyone.

Having experienced the ins and outs of the modelling world for years, I felt a strong urge to explore new ventures and challenge myself by entering the realm of business. I wanted the freedom to make decisions that reflected my values and showed my unique perspective at every step, from designing to shooting to customer interactions.

Sustainability has always been a core value for me, rooted in my upbringing in South Africa and my deep connection to nature. Witnessing the environmental impact of the fashion industry first-hand, I was determined to create a brand that not only resonated with my aesthetic, but also aligned with my commitment to sustainability.

As a result, TROPIC OF C emerged as a labor of creative love, driven by a deep-seated passion to make a positive contribution on the world. For me, TROPIC OF C is not solely existent for the sake of profitability, but for the sake of crafting a brand that embodies my values and allows me to leave a meaningful legacy for future generations.

How has motherhood changed your perspective on balancing personal and professional life?

Motherhood changes everything. It has completely shifted my viewpoint on finding the balance between my personal and professional life. It’s like a whole new lens through which I view everything. Once you’re a mother, you really begin to make decisions from a different place. Balancing my career, running a business and caring for my children isn’t easy, but there’s a certain intuition I’ve found that kicks in amidst it all. I’ve learned to listen to my instincts and prioritise accordingly, knowing when my children need my undivided attention and always putting them first.

Being a mother has also highlighted the importance of setting a positive example for my children. They see up-close and first-hand the dedication and hard work I put into my endeavours, and I believe it’s crucial for them to witness the values of perseverance and determination.

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