Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel has revealed that, despite her confidence in front of the camera, she is ‘shy’ at heart.
The 25-year-old South African native, now based in New York, told the Huffington Post: ‘I’m kind of introverted, so sometimes it’s hard for me [when people] recognize me, [especially] if I’m trying to be . . . undercover.’
She said that before catwalk shows she gets ‘goosebumps all over’ her body and constantly worries about falling over on stage wearing heels and very little else.
‘I’m kind of praying that everything goes well and I don’t fall,’ the five-foot-nine-inch blonde said.
Her heart will no doubt be racing this Wednesday as she takes center stage at the hotly-anticipated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Manhattan, which is invite-only but will be broadcast globally on December 10.
Following in the footsteps of Miranda Kerr, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Claudia Schiffer, she has been picked to showcase the lingerie brand’s ‘Fantasy Bra’.
This year’s design, titled ‘The Royal’, was designed by Swiss-based jeweler, Mouawad.
Adorned with over 4,200 precious gems from around the world including rubies, diamonds, and yellow sapphires the bra – which comes with matching pink frilly briefs and a gold belt – boasts an eye-watering $10million price tag.
Miss Swanepoel told People magazine last month after being photographed in the dazzling ensemble: ‘I’ve never worn anything this pricey, and we have to put gloves on when we put it on.
‘I’m kind of praying that everything goes well and I don’t fall, but once I’m on the runway, I get into this zone. I have this feeling of pride’
‘It’s kind of a big ordeal. The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care!’
Although she gets nervous backstage, Miss Swanepoel, who never shies away from posting flirtatious selfies on her Instagram account, says her anxiety quickly dissipates once she’s strutting her stuff.
‘Once I’m on the runway, I get into this zone. I have this feeling of pride.
‘It’s kind of reflecting over everything I’ve been through to get there, so it’s a very profound feeling.’
She added in conclusion: ‘That’s part of being a model . . . it’s our job to make it work.’
Miss Swanepoel was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market at age 15.
She has since been featured on the front of magazines including Vogue, ELLE, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and i-D and has fronted dozens of fashion campaigns for big name brands.
She has been a Victoria’s Secret model since 2007 and was named an ‘Angel’ – a main spokeswoman for the company – in 2010.
The blonde made her debut at number ten on Forbes’ The World’s Top-Earning Models list, with estimated earnings of $3million between 2010 and 2011 and was ranked number nine in 2013 with a reported salary of $3.3million.
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