Candice Swanepoel Talks Brazil, Boobs, and Victoria’s Secret Swimsuits

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Candice Swanepoel sizzles on the cover of the Victoria’s Secret 2012 Swim Catalogue.

New York City teased us with warm weather last week, and even though the temperatures have dropped back down, it’s hard to get blue skies and the warm sun off our minds.

Apparently, Victoria’s Secret is in a similar frame of mind: the brand held a preview today at the Gansevoort Hotel for its new Beach Sexy and Very Sexy swim collections, hosted by swim catalogue covergirl Candice Swanepoel. Over tropical drinks, a raffle (this reporter walked away with a personal training session with Leandro Carvalho, Brazilian Butt Lift Master. Swim Issue 2013, here we come?), and plenty of bikini browsing, FashionEtc caught up with the Angel to chat all things swim season.

“It’s really important to custom make your own bikini,” Swanepoel said, saying that she prefers mixing and matching swim pieces. “You don’t want to go on the beach and see someone else in the same bikini! It’s embarrassing—it’s happened to me!”

It’s somewhat refreshing to hear that the swimsuit stunner has ever had a less-than-glam beach appearance, but the model divulged that she hasn’t always been such a bombshell. “I remember as a little girl seeing my mom—she has amazing boobs, my mom. And I had nothing! I would just dream about having boobs. But that’s the great thing about Victoria’s Secret swimsuits—they put the bra into the swimsuit.”

Swanepoel will be taking her various bikinis to various beaches this summer, but her favorite place in the world, she says, is Brazil. “I have a Brazilian boyfriend,” she said with a smile. “Since I was 17. We try and go like three times a year. Since I was 17 I fell in love with Brazil, so I’m always so excited to do shoots there.”

Of course, luxurious as it may sound to be “working” on a gorgeous beach, Swanepoel says it’s not always so lovely.

“Thank god I’m a beach bum at heart, but at the end of the day you just want to get dry!” she laughed. “The people on holiday in the places where we shoot—they know how hard it is! They see us out there all day. It’s hard work, but in that scenery, it’s the best. I’m like, ‘Wow, this is my job? Someone’s sitting in an office right now.’”