Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel Poses Topless for British GQ [Gallery]

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel is the cover star of the men’s magazine GQ (UK) for the May 2012 issue. Photographed by Terry Richardson, Candice is the model of the year.

  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel poses for the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ
  • Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel covers the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQVictoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel covers the May 2012 issue of British GQ magazine. Photo: Terry Richardson/GQ

Now, she’s all grown-up, she’s considered one of the sexiest women in the world, she walks for Victoria’s Secret, the world’s most watched fashion show, and she is one of the highest paid models in the fashion industry.

But things weren’t always this dreamy, as apparently Candice was teased when she was growing up for her physical appearance. If people only knew then she would grow up to be an internationally renowned model, things would have probably been different, but Candice got her revenge.

Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel has revealed that she was taunted at school for her small frame. But the 23-year-old said modelling has been the perfect revenge for those bullies.

While modelling a range of beachwear and lingerie for GQ, the blonde said she felt like an outside growing up in South Africa, until she was discovered at a Durban flea market, aged 15 in 2003.

She told the magazine: ‘A year before I got scouted, I would watch a lot of FashionTV. At school, I got teased because I was so thin and awkward-looking. But the girls on TV looked similar to me.

‘I would say to my mom “The girls at school are teasing me, but I look like those girls on TV”. A year later, someone took me to an agency and that’s it.

‘Revenge is always… I know it sounds terrible, but it does feel good to show those people.

‘I put all my eggs in one basket when I left South Africa. I put my head down and worked my ass off. And look where it got me.’

Candice, who has been dating Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli since she was 17, said that whenever she feels down, she’ll look at social networking sites to cheer up.

‘Whenever you feel down, you can check on Twitter and feel better about yourself, because it’s only people who like you.’

The beauty said she had developed lasting friendships with fellow Victoria’s Secret models, who understood what she was going through.
‘It’s so nice. We live a very different life that not many other people can understand.’

In one shot for the magazine, Candice can be seen showing off her incredibly long legs in just a pink thong, covering her chest with her arms.

In another, she dons just a white, full-piece swimsuit and an orange and black flower necklace.

The star graces the cover of the magazine, posing seductively with her finger in her mouth, wearing a red and black one-piece.

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