The Victoria’s Secret supermodel and founder — and Costa Brazil’s most recent collaborator — Candice Swanepoel sounds off on what inspired her to create Tropic of C, her eco-minded swimwear line: “Nature, beauty and Brazil.” Sound familiar?
Not long after the birth of her first son, supermodel Candice Swanepoel took to social media to share her own thoughts around real beauty. “My account @angelcandice was made as part of one of my work contracts, so I felt a certain restriction to what I could and couldn’t share,” she says over zoom from her home in Miami.
Called @themermaidfiles, the secret page is filled with black and white photographs of mostly makeup-free women in simple two-pieces lounging on boats or in the sand, juxtaposed with snaps of tropical islands and pink flowers taken on someone’s iPhone. Besides a few familiar faces now and then—Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer, Emily Ratajkowski, Candice—the whole page feels incredibly down to earth.
That brand, called Tropic of C, is an eco-minded swimwear and lifestyle line that uses materials like regenerated nylon for their suits (many of which are made from compression fabrics that hold you in no matter how itsy bitsy the cut is, she says) and plastic alternatives for packaging. Still, despite all the team’s hard work to be environmentally responsible, sustainability wasn’t a big part of their messaging in the beginning. “I didn’t want to advertise it—I just wanted to sleep well at night,” she says. “When you’re a mother, you think so much about the future of the planet, and what kind of future our kids are going to have. I just needed to make it make sense.”
In addition to her family and nature, Candice counts Brazil as one of the biggest inspirations for Tropic of C. “That’s a topic I could talk about all day,” she says, recalling her first trip to the country. She was 17 and in love and well into her modeling career at the time. “I had a kind of anonymous freeing feeling in Brazil, and it became a way for me to balance work Candice and the real me,” she says, adding the close connection the country has to South Africa made her feel instantly right at home. “I was fascinated by the confidence of Brazilian people. The way they wore their clothes, their routines in public—people would take half of their bathrooms to the beach! There is this ease regarding feeling comfortable in your body. Brazil is where I learned how to be comfortable in mine.”
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Let’s talk about your connection to Brazil. How has it inspired your work and approach to beauty?
Brazil is a topic I could talk about all day. At 17, it became my place of peace and discovery for many years. At the time, I was already dealing with the weight of my career and, having left South Africa at 15, I needed a place where I could feel normal and simply be young. I got this kind of anonymous freeing feeling when in I was there. At the same time, Brazil also feels closely connected to my African roots, so I automatically felt very at home.
Tell us about the early days of Tropic of C.
I had an account called @themermaidfiles that only a few fans and followers had access to. My account that was ‘angelcandice’ was made as part of one of my work contracts, so I felt a certain restriction to what I could share. From there I started dreaming of being able to share exactly what I thought was beautiful and that’s how the idea to have my own brand came along.
When did you decide to make it sustainable?
I remember it so clearly: I was at the table being shown many plastic bags and labels to see how I wanted Tropic of C to look and that’s when I said I wanted the team to research alternatives for the packaging. I wanted to create a brand I could be proud of and that wasn’t harming the very thing that inspired me most, which is nature.
Tropic of C was one of the first if not the first swimwear brand to be focused on sustainability, as swimwear is made from nylon, it was my mission to use materials that were already existing as well as partner with companies that use fishing nets and other waste from the ocean. That said, I didn’t want sustainability to be the tagline—I just wanted to sleep well at night.
“When you’re a mother, you think so much about the future of the planet, and what kind of future our kids are going to have. I just needed to make [Tropic of C] make sense.”
The name, Tropic of C, does the C stand for Candice?
It’s meant to stand for Tropic of Capricorn, which is the southernmost latitude where the sun hits directly overhead. It’s where the summer begins, and never ends. A mystical place where it’s always warm, and you’re always in a bikini. That said, my team does call me C….
So, it’s both?
They also call me “Clark Kent” because I’m able to switch the model part on and off while working. One moment I’m directing the vision I have in mind for Tropic of C, and the next I’m in a bikini doing what I do in front of the camera with the odd breastfeed or meeting in the middle. It sounds a bit crazy—and it definitely is—but I enjoy the diversity of it all.
So, what do you find to be beautiful, or rather, sexy?
Brazil is such a sexy place, and in my career, I’ve played with what is sexy and what is not. To me, the balance of elegant and sexy is what’s most beautiful to me. Coverage, but with the slightest high cut or small straps, gives feminine sexiness to me.
Tropic of C x Jacquie Aiche released on October 13, 2022 a new collaboration including nine pieces.
This month, jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche and supermodel Candice Swanepoel’s eco-conscious swimwear label, Tropic of C, have collaborated to create an accessibly-priced capsule collection of body jewelry.
The Jacquie Aiche x Tropic of C collection offers nine styles of Jacquie’s signature body layers in 14k gold plated brass with cubic zirconia bezels, which include body chains, belly chains and anklets.
“This collection is inspired by body love. When the opportunity to collaborate with Tropic of C came to be, I was over the moon. I have always wanted these sensual, playful pieces to be available to more people. I’ve found that they illuminate the body with a golden glow that inspires self-love and makes you shine a little brighter. Tropic of C celebrates the body through their classically beautiful swimwear with timeless silhouettes. Pairing our luminous jewelry layers with the pieces in their collections truly creates the perfect set,” said Jacquie Aiche.
“I’ve been wearing Jacquie Aiche jewelry since I was a teenager, speciﬁcally her body chains. This is why I was so excited to collaborate with her and bring my favorite pieces to all the girls that love Tropic of C. I love the messaging behind all her beautiful creations and the brand she has built has inspired me for years, standing together as powerful spiritual sensual women. I hope you will love the pieces as much as I do,” said Candice Swanepoel.
Tropic of C has launched their resort 2023 collection featuring dresses, bikinis, one pieces and cover ups.
chico short in desert flower ($150)
his&hers shirt in desert flower ($200)
his&hers shirt in white ($175)
ilha top in driftwood geo ($85)
luna bottom in driftwood geo ($80)
pitcher bag in lily pad ($125)
pitcher bag in white ($125)
playa rashguard in driftwood geo ($150)
porta dress in white ($200)
praia bottom in desert flower ($70)
praia bottom in espresso ($70)
praia top in meadow ($80)
sirenas in driftwood geo ($170)
sundew tank in white ($125)
swim short in black terra ($85)
the C dress in black ($180)
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The capsule collection includes the following pieces.
toc x lvr tennis dress in love ($200)
toc x lvr swim short in admiral ($75)
toc x lvr reveal top in black ($128)
toc x lvr contour legging in black ($128)
toc x lvr tropicana hat in white ($150)
toc x lvr volley skirt in white ($158)
toc x lvr volley cropped sweater in white ($198)
The prices on Luisa Via Roma are different to the Tropic of C’s website ones.
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive cropped knit sweater $304.00
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive mid waist tennis skirt
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive low waist cropped leggings $230.00
TROPIC OF CLVR Exclusive crochet bucket hat $230.00
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive sport top $196.00
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive high waist sport leggings $196.00
TROPIC OF C LVR Exclusive tennis dress $306.00
Candice Swanepoel was spotted on September 08, 2022 fueling her car in Miami wearing a top from the upcoming Tropic of C x Luisa Via Roma.
Earlier on the day she did an Instagram live on her account and Justin Gelband’s wearing the same outfit.
Tropic of C has uploaded 3 new 4k videos on their YouTube channel featuring Candice Swanepoel wears the smocking praia top in driftwood ($85) and smocking praia bottom in driftwood ($80) and in another video she’s seen wearing the C bralette in surfer stripe ($85) and the C bottom in surfer stripe ($80)
In the third video Amelia Gray is seen wearing the equator top in fishnet ($90) and luna bottom in fishnet ($90)
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On June 29, 2022 Candice Swanepoel went live with UBeauty‘s founder, Tina Chen Craig to speak about their brands and answer some fan questions.
Here is the link to watch the live and some highlights from it.
Tina Chen Craig on how she met Candice:
“It was at an event. You were the supermodel and it was your event and you came up to me and said you liked my Chanel bag and whatever I wore, and we just became friends and exchanged our phone numbers.”
Candice on her first impressions on Tina:
“You had your thebagsnob account and I said, who’s this lady? And like, everything you wore, I said «I need it» after seeing you wearing it.
Tina spoke also about Candice being one of her original clients and hosting each other’s launch events:
“She was one of my first original clients, and when she launched Tropic of C and came to Dallas I hosted her event, and when I launched mine in NY she hosted mine. It’s like, I just love my group of female supporting friends.
And remember when I gave you the first sample of your surfacing compound and you were in my car
and you said, let me start with my chest and I’ll move up to my face.”
“Girl, the glow. I’m like watching your stories. I’m like what is this woman doing, like the products, because me I don’t have a lot of time. So you know, it’s important to have the products that like, really work. And it just makes it more simple.”
On their daily routine:
Candice: “I mean, I really keep it simple. Clone tone moisturize, I’m a psycho with the spf because in Miami, you know it’s really hard to stay out of the sun. And I spent so many years working in the sun, like from sunrise to sunset.
And like, after 30, you really have to start, you know, taking care. And then I use, I mean religiously, I use your resurfacing compound. I feel that really works and helps, you know any coloration.
Yes! I mean there was a time, I was putting that all over my body.”
Tina revealed she’s working on a full body compound only for Candice, extra strength like the arm sculpt.
“Yes so the arm sculpt is totally different, because this like actually tightens the skin.”
Candice on what she eats that she thinks help her skin:
“Like my diet isn’t really that complicated, you know, I have naturally. I’m really skinny, so I have to work hard on eating a lot of protein. Carbs as well, to like, keep a body. Because I feel better when I have, you know, thighs and a butt. So, I basically have to like, drink mass gaining protein shakes.
But, um it’s really for me. I feel better, like with good ingredients. I have more energy.
So, I basically you know eat whatever my babies eat. We have always rice and beans in the house, which is like a very brazilian thing. Typical lunch would be rice beans salad and a protein shake.”
Tina asked Candice if she cooks a lot since she’s always asking for recipes.
“I cook a lot, depends on where I’m in life. To cook I have to be in a very calm space, and it’s kind of a little bit of therapy.
But my dream is to have my own vegetable garden, I have to, like you know, my herbs and I grow arugula and stuff like that in Miami.
So, I like to have things that I’ve seen grow and and I’m feeding my body with things I know where they come from. That’s definitely a big dream of mine, to be able to grow and cook my own produce.”
Tina speaks about one of her trips:
“I was in North Carolina on a farm for seven days, and she had like a grocery store. She had just the freshest kale, and the cauliflower, and broccoli, lettuce, green beans, snap peas and berries, fruits and everything. I was like, oh my god!”
Candice mentions her childhood in a farm in South Africa:
“I grew up on a farm in South Africa, and my mom’s vegetable garden was like, the size of a football field. And, there’s a funny story.
When I would go for sleepovers at friends she would force me to take a basket, like, full of fresh produce. And, as a little girl I used to think it was a embarrassing thing to have to do that. And now, as an adult, I’m like, oh my god, that would be like the dream somebody just showing up with a basket of like, fresh produce from the farm.”
Candice was asked if she could speak Afrikaans:
“I cannot speak afrikaans anymore, I grew, you know, in South Africa, there’s many different languages and you either grow up English or Afrikaans, so half of my family is afrikaans and half is English, and I grew up speaking English at home.
I would speak like basic afrikaans with my Oma and oppa, which is grandfather and grandmother in afrikaans, but I left when I was 15.
And you know, if you never hear the language.
I lost it, most of it.
I think if I lived in South Africa again, I would be able to, because I cup language pretty easily.
Um, I mean, I understand, but I don’t speak anymore. And it’s kind of a big shame to my name, because Swanepoel is the most afrikaans last name that exists.
There’s many Swanepoels by the way, It’s kind of like, the Jones of South Africa. So, when people meet me and if they’re afrikaans, they start speaking afrikaans to me because you know, my last name is Afrikaans. So, sorry, I need to speak it.”
Tina asked Candice what was the inspiration for the designs of Tropic of C.
“I wanted to add some more structured pieces, because initially, I mean I design everything basically for myself. I’m like what do I want to wear this summer, but the demand for different styles and different cuts is. Those are our new structured bras.
It just holds you in and waits the curves for me is like the most important thing, I start with color stories. I mean I’m constantly being inspired by different things and saving inspiration images, and that’s kind of how I start a collection with a vibe and a concept.
And then, you know, I take it to my team. We look at different fabrics and colors, and make a color story that fits with the styles.
I love different patterns and textures because a lot of the suits are just very simple and classic.”
Candice’s beauty tips:
“I kind of have my like trap, and you know your your super hydrator. My favorite primers to use.
I love to have a glow, you know, so it doesn’t look too matted and too cakey, so, I’ll start with the super hydrator, and then I do everything with my hands, because I feel like the warmth of my fingers just makes everything sit. I’m not much nicer.
I kind of mix a foundation depending on my color. If I’ve had sun, if I’m tanned or now I’m trying to stay out of the sun, so I’m a lot older than usual, yeah, very light base.
And then another thing I picked up from you is the clay depot concealers, which are like amazing.
And then I do a little concealer, and I love a little lip tint.
It’s super simple. My routine for Summer it’s about keeping my luggage as small as possible.”
Find out more watching their live on UBeauty‘s Instagram feed or in this blog post by playing the video.
Candice Swanepoel will go live on Instagram with Ubeauty founder Tina Chen Craig on June 29th, 2022.
The information was revealed by the brand on a new post published on June 21st.
Hot girl summer now loading… On 6/29, we’re teaming up with @tropicofc to help you break into summer mode. ☀️
Tap the image to set a reminder to join the conversation with @tinachencraig and @candiceswanepoel as they share this summer’s staples and talk all things beauty.
Alo Yoga and Tropic of C have officially launched their collaboration with the limited edition pieces presented during last week on their websites.
We’ve partnered with Tropic of C on an exclusive, limited-edition collection, with select styles handmade in Northern Peru in collaboration with female artisans. Learn more about the traditional art form of Andean tramado crochet and the modern, game-changing way these artisans work.
Unlike weaving on a cumbersome backstrap loom, Andean tramado crochet can be conveniently worked on just about anywhere. The earliest examples of this tighter, less bulky variant on traditional crochet dates back over 8000 years — to the earliest period of human occupation in the Americas.
Each piece is made by hand by Quechua and Mochica women across 3 regions of Northern Peru — Pacasmayo, Cajamarca and Huamachuco. Nine individual collectives comprise a team of 120 women, who work in the home or in community centers where they can care for young children and family while generating an income by practicing a traditional art form that’s been passed down from generation to generation.
Working with Tropic of C provides the female artisan collectives with more than just employment — each collective is provided with computer literacy classes, an education on critical production skills that allow them to scale while maintaining size consistency, and guidance on becoming formal organizations, so that these artisans are able to bring their work to craft fairs. Classes in accounting and assistance in opening bank accounts increase economic agency for women at all levels of education.
Meeting increased demand for these stunning designs not only keeps the art form of Andean tramado crochet alive — it’s also elevated the way these textiles are made. Through collaboration and skill sharing, the female artisans have made adaptations that allow for consistent, bulk production of one-of-a-kind textiles — a first of its kind.
The crocheted pieces included in our Alo x Tropic of C capsule collection reflect the values of both brands — to live mindfully, connect with air, land and ocean, and practice humankindness.
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