Candice Swanepoel

Swanepoel in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Candice Susan Swanepoel

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

Date of Birth: 20 October, 1988

Ethnicity: Afrikaner, including Belgian [Flemish, Walloon], Dutch, French, and German, with very distant African [Angolan, Ethiopian], English, Malayali Indian, Sumbawa Indonesian, and Norwegian

Candice Swanepoel is a South African model and philanthropist. She is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She is 5′10″.

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. She speaks fluent Afrikaans, English, and Portuguese. Candice has two children with her former fiancé, Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli.

Candice’s ancestry includes Afrikaner [Belgian Flemish and Walloon, Dutch, French, German], with distant African [Angolan, 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) –

Genealogy of Candice’s patrilineal line –


Curious about ethnicity

80 Responses

  1. momof3 says:

    Change Indian to “Malayali” and Indonesian to “Sumbawa”

  2. andrew says:

    Her mom likely has Anglo-South African ancestry. Green is not an Afrikaner surname.

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