Candice Swanepoel

by ethnic on February 4, 2010

Birth Name: Candice Susan Swanepoel

Place of Birth: Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Date of Birth: October 20, 1988

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Belgian [both Flemish and Walloon], Dutch, French, German), with very distant African (Angolan and Ethiopian), English, Indian, Indonesian, and Norwegian

Candice Swanepoel is a South African model. She is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret.

Candice’s resume includes covers for Vogue (Greece), ELLE (Germany), and Ocean Drive (U.S.), and advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess?, and Versus Eyewear. She has walked the runway for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Sass and Bide, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, and numerous other designers, as well as for Victoria’s Secret.

Candice is the daughter of Eileen (Green) and Willem Swanepoel. A picture of Candice with her parents can be seen here. Candice has a son with her partner, Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli.

Candice’s ancestry includes Afrikaner (Belgian [both Flemish and Walloon], Dutch, French, German), with distant African (Angolan and Ethiopian), English, Indian, Indonesian, and Norwegian descent on her father’s side, and English on her mother’s side. Some of Candice’s ancestors were African, Indian, and Indonesian slaves.

Candice’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her ninth great-grandfather, Jan Andries Swanepoel.

Candice’s paternal grandparents were a man surnamed Swanepoel (the son of Johannes Willem Swanepoel and Petronella Johanna Susana Fouché) and a woman surnamed Cornelius. Johannes was the son of Jan Andreas Swanepoel and Cornelia Susanna Johanna Meyer. Petronella was the daughter of Louis Joachim Fouché and Aletta Johanna Susana Esterhuizen.

Candice s a seventh cousin, once removed, of runner Oscar Pistorius.

Sources: Genealogy of Candice Swanepoel (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Candice’s patrilineal line – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.wikitree.com

photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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alexgxo September 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

She never looked quadroon or octaroon to me or part black for that matter. To me Behati looks more possible SSA influenced then Candice.

Her non European ancestry must be very small at least in phenotype. Genetic wise she could be more mixed then it seems..

ashash October 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Based on 23andme, it is common for white South Africans to have distant African/Indian/Indonesian/Chinese ancestry. Behati Prinsloo, Anrold Vosloo, F.W. de Klerk, Johannes de Klerk, P.W. Botha, B.J. Vorster, etc. also have this ancestry. Charlize Theron, Elon Musk, Embeth Davidtz, Oscar Pistorious, Reeva Steenkamp, Sharlto Copely, Madelaine Petsch, Sasha Pieterse, etc. probably do as well since white South Africans are very inbred.

However, it is very distant, as in from hundreds of years ago, and they usually score 1% or less on 23andme.

ashash October 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

My point was that they are definitely not octoroons or quadroons. If you look at the genealogy, Candice and Behati’s ancestry is from hundreds of years ago.

andrew August 7, 2016 at 5:53 pm

genealogy of Candice’s third great-grandfather Jacobus Cornelis Swanepoel:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=erikkriel&id=I2413

cwm85 January 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

I see the African in her. Its subtle but noticeable to me.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 7:48 am

I don’t see it. She just looks Dutch to me. Many Afrikaaners can have African in them but it’s usually too small a percentage to be noticeable.

alexgxo September 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Candice is probably an octoroon at most and even then her parents look passable as being fully “white”/European descent imo.

Whatever ssa must be very subtle and almost unnoticeable to the average person.

andrew May 27, 2017 at 10:15 am
ashash September 19, 2017 at 1:28 am

Octoroon? Based on that genealogy, she isn’t.

Manila October 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Candice’s ancestry includes Afrikaner (Belgian (both Flemish and Walloon), Dutch, French, German), with distant African (Angolan and Ethiopian), English, Indian, Indonesian, and Norwegian descent on her father’s side and English on her mother’s side. Some of Candice’s ancestors were African, Indian, and Indonesian slaves.

Candice’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 9th great-grandfather Jan Andries Swanepoel.

andrew October 3, 2015 at 2:41 am

which is the name of her last Ethiopian ancestor?

Manila October 3, 2015 at 4:34 am

I forgot her name. Maybe, you should look her genealogy. But, she came from Abyssinia. She was captured either in Horn of Africa or Madagascar. Then, she was traded as a slave.

andrew October 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

I asked because Ethiopia is far from SA. Btw Afrikaners score some Sub-Sarahan African and South Asians on genetic tests, so that’s not a big deal.

JD26662 October 3, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Wow, what a biased site – This information hasn’t been verified but you posted it as fact on your bio page. What nonsense.

andrew May 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

@manila

Could you be more accurate about these ancestors?

andrew October 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

so far, the only non European ancestors I’ve found are these ones (from this genealogy https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Swanepoel-Family-Tree-874)

Indonesia ->https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Samboua-1
Bengal -> https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Malbaar-1

Manila October 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I have found her genealogy: http://www.geni.com/people/Candice-Swanepoel/6000000032873863861

She is the daughter of Eileen (Green) and Willem Swanepoel. She is engaged to Hermann Nicoli.

Candice is the seventh cousin once removed of Oscar Pistorius.

Candice’s paternal grandparents were ? Swanepoel (the son of Johannes Willem Swanepoel and Petronella Johanna Susana Fouché) and ? Cornelius. Johannes was the son of Jan Andreas Swanepoel and Cornelia Susanna Johanna Meyer. Petronella was the daughter of Louis Joachim Fouché and Aletta Johanna Susana Esterhuizen.

JasonBaker May 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I’ve read she was partially Jewish. I guess it was a lie.

cecile September 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Candice Swanepoel has just dutch blood but was born in south africa she also said this in an interview:
We go straight to the beach, and spend the whole day there. Meet friends, have a beer, get a tan. I have Dutch blood, and Dutch South Africans can get really dark. But I always have sunscreen on my face. ( she never talked about french ore german )

http://www.mrblasberg.com/2012/12/18/a-candid-conversation-with-the-impossibly-beautiful-candice/

the first time I saw her I thought she was dutch she looked dutch and she had a dutch sounding surname ( I am dutch ) she looks a bit look doutzen kroes ( dutch model ) I think http://milabyc.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/candice-swanepoel-and-doutzen-kroes-at-opening-of-victorias-secret-store-01.jpg

and like another south african model http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/bg/Sasha+Pieterse+Victoria+Secret+Sexy+Photoshoot+IvuG2MYudDjl.jpg

who is according to this site also just dutch and not german ore french

and a lot like Ymre Stiekema ( also dutch model )
http://jackieonline.nl/wp-content/uploads//2012/08/ymre.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__UQSIjH59iA/TCAGGJjjxUI/AAAAAAAAEZ8/LEXVc5gQ8PQ/s320/Candice_Swanepoel_Beautiful_Face_320x320_Pixels.jpg

when I saw charlize theron I thought she was maybe a mix of dutch and german and I was a almost right about that according to this site but she also has french blood. in candice however I don’t really see it. the pictures of her with no till little make up not the photoshop and 10 layers of make up of victoria secret the eye shape, face shape nose, she looks like the average dutch girl/women I see walking down the street

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CTMYfz6aWss/UJ_mXJDGvbI/AAAAAAAALGY/BcSQEf9puDc/s640/Candice+Without+Makeup.jpg

http://insearchofsadie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/03_rag_bone_candice_swanepoel_27.jpg

http://www.bilderse.com/images/candice-swanepoel-no-makeup-1/Candice-Swanepoel-no-makeup3021.jpg

follers September 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

It already says she is Dutch?

cecile September 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I know but people keep saying she is part german and french and I said in Charlize Theron I see it and it is also stated in her ethnicity on this site ( that is she is part german, french ) in Candice I don’t see it.

I was showing with pictures what I was trying to say

Dardan September 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

what is with Jody Foster and James Cameron.

theropod June 24, 2013 at 3:21 am

Just Dutch?

No Swedish, Norwegian, Finn, Dannish? She has an exotic Northern European look to her.

andrew September 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

the average Afrikaner is 1/3 Dutch 1/3 German 1/3 French Huguenot and it’s very nordic looking
They can have some distant indigenous South African or South Asian (from India) heritage too.

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 3:39 am

Because (most) Dutch people aren’t blonde & blue eyed?
They look pretty similar to Scandinavians.

Affellay December 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

she looks at least octoroon

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