'Models need to be smart'
Candice Swanepoel argues that models need more than beauty to really make it in this day-and-age.
The 25-year-old South African star is one of the most sought-after faces in the fashion industry and has strutted her stuff as a Victoria's Secret Angel and posed on the cover of Vogue and ELLE.
While looking glamorous is a huge part of the job, Candice is adamant models need more.
"Some of the smartest businesswomen I know are models," she explained to Huffington Post Live. "There are so many beautiful girls around that you need more than that. It's really about being smart now and turning it into a business."
Many fashion stars have expanded their resumes to include clothing lines, make-up products, perfumes and acting roles.
The world's richest model, Gisele Bundchen, reportedly earned $NZ50 million in 2013, and actual modelling was only a small slice of that. Her merchandising partnerships - from a lingerie line to accessory collections, Sejaa Pure Skin Care company and Ipanema flip flops - accounted for the bulk of ther income.
Swanepoel points out that models often have to deal with critics claiming they're not intelligent and stereotypical views of beautiful women.
"We've grown a thick skin," she laughed it off. "So it's okay."
At this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Candice was picked to model the $NZ12 million Fantasy Bra, which is encrusted with jewels.
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She regularly works out with personal trainer Justin Gelband to keep her in top shape for the catwalk.
"With Justin it's not only about getting you into shape by training, it's everything in between. He has taught me so much about nutrition, health and generally understanding how my body functions inside and out," she recently revealed.
"For me, it's become a total addiction. With all the travelling and tiresome work, being in shape and healthy helps me deal with everything that's thrown my way. Having a strength from the core makes all the difference."
Here's Candice and Justin showing off one of their workouts: