We’re pretty sure if you looked up the word goddess in the dictionary you’d see a pic of Candice Swanepoel. The South African stunner has walked the runways for Givenchy, Chanel, Marc Jacobs and basically every big designer in the biz. Not to mention appearing in Sports Illustrated countless times and becoming a Victoria’s Secret angel. But don’t let all her crazy accomplishments fool you, she’s still just a down-to-earth girl at heart. She was recently announced as the face of Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum, the brand’s latest eau that blends notes of mimosa, rose and jasmine. I grabbed a few moments with the supe to pick her brain on being the face of the new luxe scent, shooting the breathtaking campaign in Abu Dhabi and what it’s like working with Riccardo Tisci.
What she loves most about the new Dahlia Divin fragrance:
It embodies the modern goddess; it’s feminine and luxurious with a very unique smell. I get many compliments when I wear it.
Her fave notes in the scent:
One of my all-time favourite scents is jasmine; Givenchy mixed vanilla and jasmine to make this beautiful scent.
What it was like shooting the campaign in Abu Dhabi:
The mood [at the shoot] was almost magical because of the unbelievable set they had made. It was my first time shooting in the desert and with two of my favourite photographers. It was easy for me to find my character in those breathtaking surroundings, feeling the desert sun on my tanned skin with the wind moving my blonde hair as if I was in an Arabian film, walking barefoot in the dunes, it’s definitely one of my most memorable shoots to date.
On working with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci:
I’ve been working with Givenchy for a few years and every single shoot I do for them is more exciting then the next, whether it’s a campaign or [walking in a] show it’s always true to Riccardo’s passion and unique vision. I love the fact that Givenchy works to empower woman whether it’s fashion or fragrance, when I wear Givenchy I feel strong.
Her fave smells from growing up in South Africa:
I loved watching my mother get ready for nights out. Watching her put on her makeup and her perfume which would fill the house, I remember it as if it was yesterday.
On how she applies fragrance:
I like to spray it on my wrists and neck and lastly in my hair.