The 23-year-old South African beauty will appear on the New York runway with the jewel-encrusted Royal Fantasy Bra designed by famous jeweler Mouawad.
According to reports, Swanepoel will also be featured wearing the bra in the Victoria’s Secret Dreams & Fantasies Catalog.
“4200 gemstones. 1 royal fantasy. Your 1st look at this year’s #VSFantasyBra, worn by @angelcandices. See it on the runway at the #VSFashionShow, Dec. 10 at 10/9c on CBS,” the company posted on Instagram with a picture of Swanepoel modeling the bra.
The bra’s enormous price tag can be easily explained by its materials and craftsmanship.
This piece of jewelery is adorned with 4,200 precious gems including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires that were hand-set in an 18-carat gold setting.
“A 52-carat pear-shaped ruby hangs from the middle of the bra, which, get this, comes with a matching belt and two bodyguards. (Because every bra needs a belt and bodyguards!)” Los Angeles Times reports.
“I’ve never worn anything this pricey, and we have to put gloves on when we put it on,” Swanepoel told People. “It’s kind of a big ordeal. The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care!”
The model went on, telling reporters that it was quite a feat just to make the encrusted bustier.
“They had to mold my body to be able to make [the bra], and I was really excited,” she said. “I tried to imagine after they’d done the mold, how would they make it, how it would look. My imagination didn’t do it justice. My favorite part is this beautiful 52-carat pear-shaped ruby. Every part of it is exquisite.”
The South African beauty also revealed that it wasn’t hard for her to keep her big announcement under wraps (“I want it to be a big surprise!” she says), it will be hard to keep her cool when walking in the show.
“Definitely being the Fantasy Bra model is more nerve-wracking [than shooting swim] because it’s a one-time thing,” she says. “Walking around wearing $10 million does seem to make me a little bit nervous.”
The blonde who was part of the show three times and got in the list of top-earnings models, will appear on the show together with Angels Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Claudia Schiffer.
Last year, Ambrosio, who delivered a baby a few months before the show, was chosen to demonstrate a $2.5-million bra, which was made by London Jewelers and featured about 5,000 sapphires, rubies, diamonds and other stones, and a 20-carat diamond in the very center.
The tradition of Fantasy Bra appeared back in 1996. At that time the masterpiece was made specially for Claudia Schiffer.
Hhowever, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen holds the honor of modeling the most expensive fantasy bra ever made. Thirteen years ago she was honoured to wear the bra at a whopping $15 million.