Candice Swanepoel

by ethnic on February 4, 2010

Birth Name: Candice Susan Swanepoel

Place of Birth: Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Date of Birth: 20 October, 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 and philanthropist. 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 fiancé, 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 grandfather is Jan Andreas Swanepoel (the son of Johannes Willem Swanepoel and Petronella Johanna Susana Fouché). Jan was born in Delareyville, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West. 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 paternal grandmother is named Susanna Magdalena Cornelius. Susanna was born in Lichtenburg, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West.

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

Sources: Genealogy of Candice Swanepoel (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Candice’s patrilineal line –

photo by s_bukley /

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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:

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


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

Indonesia ->
Bengal ->

Manila October 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I have found her genealogy:

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 )

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

and like another south african model

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

and a lot like Ymre Stiekema ( also dutch model )

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

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

guyinsf May 14, 2018 at 10:10 pm

It doesn’t matter what you see or don’t see in her. You can’t dispute facts and history of what makes up an Afrikaner ethnically. Every single Afrikaner is a descendant of the 3 main European groups that migrated to South Africa in the 1600s (Dutch, German and French). Candice is not Dutch, culturally she’s an Afrikaner and ethnically she’s got Dutch, French and German in her and some other minor ethnicities that have already been mentioned.

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

nnnnn December 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

Candice is her real name? THe poor thing were surely bullied
at scholl. Stupid parents

zz April 11, 2012 at 5:03 am

Of course shes European just like some other South African models or i.e Charlize Theron. The Dutch or Germans settled in little colonies in South Africa and stayed pretty much by themselves. Also so called “Afrikaans” is just a language of Dutch derivation. I agree I don’t know why people refer to those people as South Africans but they do it everywhere with all immigrants just call them where they were born even if its technically wrong, but its commonly known SA used to be a Dutch colony

Anasie June 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Right but also wrong. Afrikaans is now considered a language in itself no longer a dialect of Dutch.The Dutch and the Germans didn’t stick to themselves, Afrikaans itself is more a hybrid language comprising mainly of Dutch, French, English, German, Malay, Arabic and indigenous South African languages like Zulu. So the “Dutch” community as you call them, in SA is a mixture of these different groups. Afrikaners have as much relation to Dutch culture and Dutch people as wolves have to dogs. Afrikaners are culturally African in the sense their culture arose in Africa and wouldn’t exist outside of it. There, knowledge dropped… Oh yes, SA wasn’t really a Dutch colony, the Cape was but thats like saying the US was a Dutch colony because New York was once New Amsterdam.

oooooooo March 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm


Lopac Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

No. She doesn’t.

BRAZIL March 18, 2012 at 12:17 am








BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

your not brazilian. your just a fucking complex inferior black troll.

iii April 2, 2012 at 3:28 am



NINA DEBREV IS A GYPSY March 17, 2012 at 3:11 am


me December 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

she is overrated

Pasqal December 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

What the f$5#% are you talking about? She’s just Dutch.

George March 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

i dont care if you guys dont like my comment its true. Whites werent in Africa until they invaded it. Afrikaner’s is a real language but not an ethnicity, Most whites who live in SA are of Dutch German and French descent, there for not making them actually African. I dont like the term White African because ..there is not such thing as a White african. Their just Europeans same as Americans

Lopac Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This is true.

joe March 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm

there’s no such thing as an Afrikaaner, think about it. Whites were NEVER in Africa until they invaded it and destroyed it. The chick is of European descent. she is NOT African

JJJ March 14, 2012 at 12:16 am

Exactly! She’s a White European. Not African. She’s just a colonist like the rest of her kind.

cool March 14, 2012 at 8:57 am






I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

I think she is pretty with her darker hair and porcelain skin.

George March 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

THANK YOU! people are getting so mad when its true! there is no such thing as a white african, Their European! same as white americans, their european as well

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Can we say that her nationality is South African but ethnically she is Dutch?

George March 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

yea because its true

hi January 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

She is WAYYYYYYYYY more beautiful as a brunette. It makes her eyes pop! Look at this picture:
I also think she looks better with porcelain skin rather than tan.

hi January 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm
storm January 29, 2012 at 1:23 am

she is biracial

Jane January 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

She is likely mixed with black because majority of white Afrikaner are mixed but are racist. Because if the Afrikaner like the Dutch, German and French came from the start who would their mixed with since there were no white women negro women. It has been prove that white Afrikaner are actually mixed with black and over time the black blood became less as more whites started to come to South Africa true story look it up.

i cant stop jacking off March 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

i mix my dick with her ass how about that then she will be 50% south african and 50% juice cause my dick is JUICY BABY

I love you, Roger Scientist March 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Okay. I just want to clarify that this is not me. I am not that demented.

I hate you, douchebag ^ March 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Yes, I am not you either. Because you are not juiced enough to be me. Only I am juicy enough to have a threesome with Candice and Rihanna and still have enough juice to make you a glass of shut your yap juice.

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Very beautiful.

mm January 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

People’s hair often gets darker as they get older. I don’t think she’s a natural blond even if she was as a kid but she looks good either way.

! January 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Oh . . . okay sorry I didn’t know. It’s just that her roots always look darker but I guess she could just be a darker blond.

! January 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

replying to meg’s comment.

Meg January 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Very few natural blonde’s hair remains blonde into adulthood it almost always turns into a mousey brownish color. It doesn’t make them any less a “natural” blonde” though. Her hair might not be as blonde as it was when she was young but she still is a natural blonde.

j January 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

Most South Africans of Dutch/Afrikaner descent are at least 10% black genetically. Remember they’ve been in Africa for 400 years!

mm January 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I like her eyes.

Meg January 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I am certain she is part Goddess as well XD

Selene-The-Immortal January 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

I am sure she is part black as well.

Look at those lips.

She is also too pretty to be fully white.

! January 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

wow, that was racist. Obviously, if you think she’s pretty than white girls can be pretty because she is white.

Hmm January 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The White South African. smh

Amanda January 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

She was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for a magazine… I think is was for Marie Claire or Harpers Bazzarr. She really pretty and she does not look like just any blond.

! January 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

She’s not a natural blond. Look at pictures from her early modeling career.

Meg January 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I’ve seen pictures of her as a child and she is a natural blonde. Her hair was probably dyed dark early in her career to give her an “edgy” look at the time.

Maria January 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

She is gorgeous!

Offended August 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

We are not Dutch, were not born in The Netherlands, PLUS the word Dutch/Dutchman is an offensive term used by SA English ppl to refer to AFRIKANERS . Candice is not Dutch and I find it insulting that you would say that. She is an Afrikaner, like me.

Dude -__- October 14, 2011 at 6:09 am

It’s about the ethnic background, not the nationality..

lolx January 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Most white Afrikaners have dutch ancestry , so .
She’s Dutch, not South African.
South African is only her Nationality.
And Offended is that Afrikaans looks like fucked up Dutch.

cool March 14, 2012 at 9:11 am




lolx March 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Well her lastname is Dutch, so she is of dutch ancestry.
Only her nationallity is afrikaner, be proud of your ancestry and don’t call yourself something what you aren’t(afrikaner)

Anasie June 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Her nationality is not Afrikaner, there is no Afrikaner nation. She is Afrikaans culturally and one could argue ethnically since really what is ethnicity? People move around and since Afrikaners are a mix of a people they can be considered an ethnic group.

hmm July 10, 2010 at 6:50 am

SA has many dutch people

Anonymous February 5, 2010 at 1:06 am

She is a beauty!

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