candice swanepoel victorias secret swim cover Candice Swanepoel is Victoria's Secret 'Swim 2013' cover modelApparently the Victoria’s Secret annual “Swim 2013” catalog is starting to treat its cover model reveal like the Sports Illustrated one. This year’s bathing beauty gracing the VS cover is none other than Candice Swanepoel of South Africa, who arrived with her stunning baby blues in everyone’s mailboxes Thursday (Jan. 3).

The model tells People, “It was such an honor to be picked for the cover. It is such an iconic catalog. Before I was a model, I used to see Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks and all of those iconic women on it. It is amazing that a little South African girl can get on the cover.”

The catalog was shot in Miami and Turks and Caicos. Swanepoel says it was a ton of fun shooting the new swimsuit lines.

“Victoria’s Secret is like a big family. The swim shoots are always really fun, and I love being on the beach. I can’t really complain — I feel very lucky!” she says.

This year, Victoria’s Secret is also offering music videos called Angels & Artists. The first features Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes grooving in “Bikinis & Bruno Mars” to Mars’ hit “Locked Out of Heaven.” More videos will be released in the coming months.

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