"When I wear Givenchy I feel strong" – Candice Swanepoel
Desert Dahlia Divin
J ust last month, on October 5, Candice Swanepoel gave birth to a baby boy, Anacan. Now the supermodel speaks exclusively to Buro 24/7 Middle East about the legacy that is Givenchy, her Abu Dhabi photoshoot and why shooting with Peter Lindbergh was one of the most "nervous" experiences of her life...
What do you like most about being a Givenchy face?
I feel so honoured to represent an iconic brand like Givenchy and specifically for such a timeless fragrance as Dahlia Divin. I have been wearing Givenchy for a long time. It is a brand that has always made me feel powerful, whether with fashion or fragrance.
What is your vision of the Givenchy woman?
I love the fact that Givenchy works to empower woman whether in fashion or fragrance. When I wear Givenchy I feel strong. In my opinion, the Givenchy woman is a modern goddess, strong and mysterious.
Tell us more about your experience shooting the advertising campaign in the Middle East with the iconic Peter Lindbergh?
The mood on set was almost magical because of the unbelievable set they had made. We were in the middle of the Abu Dhabi desert. It was easy for me to find my character in those breathtaking surroundings. It was my first time shooting in the desert and with two of my favourite photographers. It is true that when they announced to me that Peter Lindbergh would be shooting this campaign I was feeling nervous, but after two days with him I was completely at ease and I really enjoyed working with him. He made me feel empowered and special. It's definitely one of my most momorable shoots to date.
What do you think about Riccardo Tisci's fashion?
Riccardo has always been one of the most wonderful designers. I've been working with Givenchy for a few years now, and every single shoot I do for them is more exciting than the next. Whether it's a campaign or a show, it is always true to Ricardo's passion and unique vision.
The dress you wore looks beyond couture. How would you describe the six-look desert goddess? And how many kilos did that dress weigh?
The gown was perfection! It made me feel feminine and strong at the same time. It is such an honour to have worn this amazing silk dress covered by more than 18,000 crystals. I was also told that it required around 350 hours of work. It is incredible!
FEELING THE DESERT SUN ON MY TANNED SKIN WITH THE WIND MOVING MY BLONDE HAIR, IT WAS AS IF I WAS IN AN ARABIAN FILM, WALKING BAREFOOT IN THE DUNES.
In one part of the behind the scenes video, you're seen having your feet painted gold. Is this a new beauty trend?
During that sequence, I am having my feet painted with real gold leafs! It was really special as it is a reference to the divine aspect of the perfume. Also, gold is the distinctive element of Dahlia Divin Le Nectar.
What is the best part of your job?
Definitely being able to travel to amazing places and working in an extremely creative environment. I feel very lucky to be able to work with people from all over the world. Everyone has their own story and journey, and we're all there to have fun and create art in our own way.
What are your make-up essentials?
During the pregnancy, I kept my beauty regime extremely minimal. Just a little bit of blush has been my beauty trick. It makes you look even healthier instantly. Also, mascara is essential to me. It can define and brighten your eyes instantly.
Your Instagram has 9.9 million followers. What's your secret?
I love doing selfies but you have to find the right light in order to make a great picture. You also have to make it different because everyone has seen the regular selfie now.
How would you describe Dahlia Divin le Nectar?
It's feminine and luxurious with a mixture of some of my favourite scents like jasmine and vanilla making it very unique. It also embodies the modern goddess. It's feminine and luxurious with a very unique smell. I get many compliments when I wear it.
Thinking back, what is your first olfactive memory?
My mum would get ready for dinners or parties and I would watch her put her makeup on and finally her perfume at the end, which would fill the house and linger even after she had left.