Things You Didn't Know About Candice Swanepoel

Candice Susan Swanepoel isn't your average supermodel. The blonde beauty was born on October 20, 1988 in a small village in the coastal South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and was raised on a dairy and beef farm.

When she was just 15 years old, a model scout spotted Candice walking around a flea market in Durban, a small South African harbor city that's extremely popular with surfers, and the rest, as they say, is history. Deciding to pursue modelling full-time, Candice moved to Europe and her risk sure paid off! She soon began making waves in the fashion industry, becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010 and walking in every single Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (sporting the $10 million Fantasy Bra in 2013, no less!) since then.

In addition to being one of today's most successful and sought-after models, Candice is also a proud mama to an adorable little boy, plus she's one smart Angel! Did you know she's fluent in three languages (English, Afrikaans and Portuguese)? Yup, she is full of surprises! So without further ado, here are 10 interesting facts you never knew about Candice Swanepoel.

She still gets nervous on the runway

You might think someone who has walked in hundreds of fashion shows and posed for countless photo shoots wouldn't be in the least bit phased by the thought of walking down a catwalk. But you'd be wrong! As Candice revealed in an exclusive chat with Her Campus, the butterflies never really go away. Not completely, at least. "The runway, I don't know what's wrong with me, I get more nervous every year!" she said when asked if she gets more nervous on a photo shoot set or during a fashion show. "The fashion show, because it's live, because there's a massive audience, because millions of people see it — it is just crazy."

Her favorite beauty product comes from the kitchen

The popularity of coconut oil has exploded in recent years and its long list of health and beauty benefits have solidified it as a great all-around must-have. As it turns out, Candice has been on the coconut oil train for years. Speaking with Vogue in August 2015, the supermodel revealed her love of all things coconut oil, saying: "I use organic coconut oil to take my makeup off, I also add it to my smoothies to keep my skin glowing. It's a great all round natural beauty product. The main thing my mom taught me was that you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin!"

She thought being named Maxim's hottest female was a "practical joke"

Candice topped Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2014, snagging top honors as the planet's hottest and most beautiful woman. Just one year earlier, she came in at number 63 (talk about making a serious jump in 365 days!), which just goes to show how quickly her popularity has skyrocketed in recent years.

Candice's fame has grown so quickly, in fact, that she couldn't quite believe the news herself. "My agent gave me the call and I was, at first, a little bit wary," Candice revealed to ET Online while attending the Maxim Hot 100 bash celebrating her cover. "I was like, 'Who rigged that? Who decided that? Is this a practical joke?'"

Who was the beauty Candice thought should have taken home the title? "I was really surprised that Scarlett Johansson was not number one," she said. Incidentally, Scarlett came in second that year.

Her favorite place on earth is Brazil

When Candice graced the cover of 10 Magazine's Sensuality Issue in Spring/Summer 2015, she opened up about — you guessed it — her sensuality, but also about her favorite place on earth.

As a supermodel, Candice has had the chance to travel to plenty of major cities across the globe, but picking just one favorite spot is not as hard as it sounds. "In New York, we base people on what they do, how much money they have," she declared, as The Daily Mail reported. "No one knows anything about the fashion industry in Brazil. They don't care what you do. They just want the beach and the sun and the fun. I feel the freest and the happiest there. There, I can just be the normal Candice."

She almost quit modelling for a heart-breaking reason

After being discovered in her native South Africa, Candice took a major leap of faith and moved to Europe as a teen to try and build her career. Along with the move came serious loneliness. "Every day, I was working with different people who were speaking different languages, so I was never able to form any relationships. I just wanted to go home," she revealed to Self Magazine in 2015.

What's more, industry insiders kept telling her to lose more and more weight. "I was [always] crying," she told the mag of why at age 17, barely two years into pursuing modelling full-time, she began to seriously consider giving up on her high fashion dreams and moving back home to her parents' farm and continuing her old life.

Her love story reads like a movie script

Candice's love story is a major source of relationship goals. The stunner first met Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli in Paris when she was just 17 years old and they immediately hit it off. Candice was so smitten with Nicoli, in fact, that she committed to learning Portuguese by getting lessons from none other than her Brazilian beau and today is completely fluent, reports Access Hollywood.

After a whopping ten years together, Hermann finally popped the question, asking Candice to become his model bride. The couple has yet to walk down the aisle, however, as their wedding plans were put on hold when they became proud parents to an adorable baby boy in October 2016.

She started out as a talented ballerina

Despite her great success in the modelling world, Candice's first love was dance. More specifically, ballet. "I was a ballerina in South Africa before I went to general girls boarding school," she revealed to ET Online in 2014, adding "that was what I actually wanted to do. I wanted to go to ballet school in New York."

Candice also gushed about her love of ballet in an interview with Marie Claire (via AZ Central) that same year, explaining that her training and passion for dance have helped further her modelling career and continue to make her a better model to this day. "[Ballet] has helped a lot with modeling because I think about all parts of my body, from my fingers to my toes," she explained.

Her son's unique name was inspired by nature

Candice and her longtime partner, fellow model Hermann Nicoli, welcomed their first child, an adorable baby boy, into the world in October 7, 2016. In addition to making all of their fans swoon by sharing plenty of Instagram snaps of their bundle of joy that are simply too cute for words, Candice made us all super jealous by giving her little guy the most unique name. Candice and Hermann decided to pay tribute to his Brazilian roots and her love of the country by choosing a unique moniker based on a Brazilian slang word for a bird, Anacã, reports The Daily Mail. So sweet!

She considers modelling to be an "incredible blessing"

Candice makes it a real point to let her fans (and the world) know how blessed she feels to be able to model for a living. Time and time again she has gushed about it in interviews, even telling Vogue, "I feel very lucky to be able to work with people from all over the world, everyone has their story and their journey and we're all there to have fun and create art in our own way." She has also called modelling "an incredible blessing for someone with such a sheltered upbringing" on her personal page on

Her number one indulgence is seriously surprising

What does a supermodel and busy mama do when she needs to unwind and destress? "My secret indulgence is sleep and massages," Candice revealed to Fox News Magazine. No doubt those simple luxuries aren't all that easy to come by as Candice continues to expertly juggle motherhood with constant work, including a new Givenchy perfume ad campaign, a Max Factor collaboration and, of course, her Victoria's Secret responsibilities as a top Angel. Sometimes the best treats in life really are the simplest!