Candice Swanepoel is Too Skinny For Victoria’s Secret

April 1st, 2011 // 360 Comments

If you’re wondering that sound you’re hearing is, it’s thousands of “real women” clapping their bacon cheeseburgers together after hearing Candice Swanepoel might be fired from Victoria’s Secret for looking too skinny at its 2011 Swimwear launch this week. E! News reports:

Like all Angels, Swanepoel, 22, is expected to be “healthy and muscular,” according to her Victoria’s Secret contract, says our source.
“There is a really clear criteria for both Angels and the catalogue. Their career path is Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue then to Angel, it’s the highest paying contract there is, period. The image is about being voluptuous, it’s not fat, but it’s curvy,” says the insider.
“But if you start to look skinny and ‘editorial print-like’ like fashion mag models, like undernourished, it gives the image the company does not want. Their shopper is older, their target is the Macy’s shopper. These are young women who feel pressure these models, she [Swanepoel] could lose her contract if she gets too thin.

Candice, who last fall blamed her figure on “traveling,” has responded to the concern over her weights in predictable fashion:

“I am healthy and happy,” Swanepoel tells PEOPLE. “I’m heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case, everything is normal and good.”

While everyone’s getting all up in arms about this, I think we’re losing sight of an important fact here: Anorexic chicks don’t get their periods. Which is nothing. I had absolutely nothing to add to that. *walks away whistling*

Photos: Bauer-Griffin, Getty, Splash News, WENN


  1. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    The fuck is up with her foot?! She looks pretty though.

  2. happy new years

    okay this is pretty ridiculous. First of all, she’s a model. Skinny is to be expected. She is not the first bony girl to be in the VS catalog. What about Gisele for instance? The point is that no matter ur opinion, it has no power. Candice will not be fired; she will continue to cash in that paycheck while the rest of you post on how outrageousy thin she is. Maybe by posting you will make yourseves feel better. but I bet its only the media that started this ridicuous “do you think she should be fired for being too thin?” oh please.

  3. Lara

    I can only imagine the horde of hams that made all those complaints… How anyone could think Candice looks sick or unfeminine is beyond me.

  4. Julia

    I think what the issue is here, for both men and women, are insecurities. That is why everyone has such a ‘hater’ attitude to the opposite sex if they say anything remotely offensive. I also think that it does not matter how much you weigh, but how you feel and how this is reflected in your looks. If you are happy in your own skin you will always be pretty to someone. Because we are all attracted to different things, and what is beautiful to you or me always vary. Its all about confidence and sexuality. Not about skinny bones versus love handles. Guys tend to tell me that when it comes to just sex how the girl looks does not matter so much. I honestly think that goes for girls too. When you fall in love with someone its obviously different, but then it comes down to chemistry. Sexual chemistry. And that you can have with someone who weighs 115 or 150 lbs.

  5. jaime

    “The image is about being voluptuous, it’s not fat, but it’s curvy,” says the insider.”

    I wonder if they had that in mind when they hired Chanel Iman…..

  6. the one

    well, one thing’s for sure.
    ….SHE CAN’T BE AMERICA, folks!!

  7. the one

    david bowie had a song: This Is Not America!!

  8. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
    Zombie Kitty
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    Who would’ve thought Skeletor had a mis-matching bikini?

  9. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    This just looks wrong…

  10. LJ

    If any one (or all of them in a group), walked up to me, winked and said let’s go, you’d see nothing but a trail of smoke as I left you all behind.

  11. Jade

    Fish, what’s up with the poor choice of sources lately? Even your entries about Charlie Sheen are better cited.

    As for Candice, I highly doubt they’ll fire her. They’ve been promoting the hell out of her, her face is plastered on every single campaign these days. Also, though the language used in the contract may seem clear, the line between being slim and being too thin in the modeling world is sketchy at best. It’s laughable to think that a few lines on a sheet of paper makes the difference.

    Hell I doubt that the models themselves know what the word healthy really entails. 70% of the girls they’re using now are pins with elbows and knees that could stab you to death. If they fire Candice they should fire them too.

    Those talking about how skinny women are real women too: point duly noted. But if you look up older pictures of Candice she had boobs and an ass and was basically a knockout. Now she’s still pretty but her legs are pinpricks. There’s no way she got this thin without a strict diet.

  12. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
    Go rough young man
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    There’s the hunger strike i was waiting for. Go ahead VS, fire her if you dare…

  13. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
    Go rough young man
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    Carry on. I just applied English slang at the beginning of that sentence…

  14. Rob Frost

    I’m calling scam on this one.

    If she was looking slightly skinny, they would’ve given her something more to wear like, I dunno, THE OTHER TWO CHICKS!

    I’m thinking this is some kind of Victoria Secret PR to show they care or something.

    • Alexandra

      I’m pretty sure they keep putting Adriana in bikinis that cover her belly button because she had a tummy tuck and that creates a weird oval belly button scar (look at Megan Fox HQ’s, but hers has been healed a long time)

      • Jade

        Alexandra, what a bunch of BS. Plenty of women who returned to their pre baby shape after giving birth. If you can’t then that’s your problem but it doesn’t mean others can’t. Besides, do your homework. Tummy tucks create scars that can be spotted on LQ’s and cannot be covered up by makeup or lighting.

  15. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    Worst photobomb ever.

  16. Hannah

    The men here praising her weight are really creeping me out. She looks sick. If she gained 10 pounds she would look awesome. Not every woman who criticizes her is fat. In fact, I’m 5’8″ and 125 . I think most women shallow enough to comment on a website like this are probably shallow enough to obsess over their weight. However the standards are just getting ridiculous. At my weight, I’m 4 pounds from being underweight. Candice is like 20 pounds lighter than me. So you guys literally want a woman to be 15 pounds underweight. No wonder so many girls have eating disorders.

  17. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
    Felix the Cat
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    Oh the horror… I hate Macy’s shoppers.

  18. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
    Felix the Cat
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    Candace manages to make both these former goddesses look bad. That’s the name of the game.

  19. Lore

    why yes, she is too skinny for MY taste.
    I don’t care if she is ”naturally slender” or anorexic and I especially don’t care for the moronic fight it always starts. If I say she is too skinny I must be a jealous fat cow. If I say she is not, I must be sick, anorexic and/or like 12 year old boys. Come on guys.
    What I do agree on is the fact that as a public figure she should give out the right message considering the huge number of young girls that want to be just like her and end up trying through wrong, unhealthy ways.
    If women in the media are always scrutinized for being ”too big” ‘ even in a regular size (remember Karolina Kurkova?) why shouldn’t the ones that are clearly underweight be noted and mentioned as well?
    We are trained to believe it is way better to be too skinny rather than too big when it shouldn’t be either way. They are both unhealthy lifestyles and have their own health problems.

  20. Reaper

    She’s NOT going to get fired. Besides, she looks GREAT! Fat women from middle America are just hating.

  21. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    Spank and eat.

  22. American

    She doesn’t look skinny at all. She’s perfect! It’s just the jealous fat and lazy American women who cannot fit inside their size 20 moo moos that make a stink.

  23. Mmm…pussy on a stick, just the way i like it!

  24. unreal101

    “thousands of “real women” clapping their bacon cheeseburgers together”

    ROFLMAO x 100000000000000000000000

    I literally died when I read that… this is my ghost typing to you now

  25. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    She’s very, very thin, especially her legs, but she’s not that much thinner than Alessandra.
    I think it’s a joke that VS is talking about dropping her, they probably encouraged her to look like this. But like all big companies a little criticism and negative press terrifies them so they’ll make her the scape goat.

  26. Mark

    What most ppl don’t know is that if a really skinny chick doesn’t get her period for a longer time they also often ended up unfertile, and that won’t go away or change then. Well for some men that might be a plus but it’s really ironic for chicks who starve to get someone they want as a partner (which is lame if that’s all that counts) and later on finding out they can’t get pregnant because of their lifestyle. life,.. ahhh awesome.

  27. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    All the curves of a 13 year old, nice.

  28. amIevil

    Forget skinny.

    That dude on the right has a horse face.

  29. jen

    In most of the shots I see her in she looks gorgeous. In a few of these she does look skinnier than usual…might just be the angle tho. “Too skinny”? I don’t know…maybe. I do think she looks skinnier than the rest of the girls, all of them look healthy to me though.

  30. bvjtdfvsdt

    We are the best shoes and t-shirt no matter how you put together to buy, thank you!…(

  31. thisislame

    If anyone should be fired it old-horse face on the right there. She is not nice to look at. Candice is seriously the sexiest model they got and they’re considering this? Whatever dude its not like she won’t still be able to get paid MAD money wherever she goes.

  32. GG1000

    The picture above is obviously photoshopped – her legs aren’t the same shape.

  33. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    My husband said she looks great, and then I punched him with my cheeseburger fist.

  34. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    Her butt cheeks don’t even touch…..that just looks wrong.

  35. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    I’d cut a bitch to wear skinny like that. When I was a size 0, I looked like shit.

  36. leenstarsx3

    Hmm, well it seems to me that the comments turned into a fight among each other, instead of actually discussing the real topic at hand. I think Candice is beautiful, and one of my favorite VS models for her look + attitude. However, she does seem like she lost weight, but I do hope it’s not because she is being unhealthy. I can agree that most people jump to “anorexia” when it comes to skinny girls, and that is just unfair. I had a friend in high school who was only about 5’6 and was around 105 pounds. She was not skin & bones, or even had a visible ribcage, but she was always called anorexic. We would go eat lunch and this girl would eat an entire pizza by herself; along with some bread-sticks! It sucks that thin girls are called these horrible names, but it is also sad that heavy girls are called “pigs” or “lazy”. A lot of people gain weight because of medical issues, not because they sit at home all day eating pies. Yes, a big percent of overweight people do gain weight by making unhealthy choices- but what about the girls who are just naturally apple-shaped and curvy?

    I think instead of attacking each other in the comments, we learn to embrace that everyone’s body is beautiful, normal, and at least acceptable. Sure, maybe some guys out there don’t like big girls, and that’s fine- but don’t laugh at them or say something nasty. Same thing goes for the thin girls. The reason why most women and now even pre-teen girls diet, and develop eating disorders is because of the harsh world and comments people make about weight gain/loss.

    Best wishes to Candice and to everyone on here :)

  37. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    tip for ugly thing on the right.. don’t stand next to hot models

  38. k

    Candice is the same size as the other models pretty much.

    Not everyone wants to be a lard bucket like Christina Hendricks.

  39. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    its baby t-rex’s first steps

  40. Lily

    ” thousands of “real women” clapping their bacon cheeseburgers together” AMEN!!!!!!!!! I’m sorry but a real woman doesn’t mean you have to have rolls of fat and a disgusting attitude towards others that are actually in shape. “Curves” don’t mean thighs that clap together when you’re sitting. How about you get off your highhorse of donuts and actually try to get healthy?

    I’m naturally skinny but I can eat what I want because of my metabolism. However, I still try to eat healthy for the sake of my heart but for the 95% of fat people that don’t have hypothyroidism or some shit, ya’ll are just lazy as fuck! Dont hate on the people that are healthy and have a great body. Take your fat ass over to any other country and they will be whispering to their friends that the big piece of American shit is in town!

  41. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    She has quite the unfortunate looking backside. Shudders. ughh

  42. ISBN

    Women are so full of shit. Seriously.

    I don’t gain weight easily. Some women don’t. HOWEVER, I do have to go to the gym to avoid looking like a saggy 12 year old (like she does here, if you ask me). There’s nothing sexy, I don’t think, about just being skinny. I also have to resist temptation to eat whatever the fuck I want and try to be somewhat healthy. (and yes, I am over 30). I guess that makes me “naturally thin.” But I’m not “naturally healthy.”

    Here’s a good way to tell if someone has anorexia or is naturally thin: once? They weren’t sickly looking. Candace whatever was once curvy and healthy and imminently doable. She was not like this. This is NOT natural. It’s an effort.

    3. There are really fat chicks. There are really skinny chicks. The percentage of people who are fat because of a fucking thyroid condition or something, vs just overeating and sheer laziness is minuscule. The same is true of women, especially those in the beauty business, who look anorexic because it just HAPPENS. it is MUCH more likely they are not eating.

    So all you chicks who are starving themselves and saying they are “naturally thin,” out there saying that you’re more “real” than overweight women who call themselves real…you’re not. And you are just as unhappy and insecure as the “fat pigs” you despise so much. It’s a disease, not a fucking choice.

  43. Yikers

    She is not healthy-looking enough for a bikini body. I had similar-looking arms and legs when I had peptic ulcers and had a really hard time eating for a month. Her hair is looking kinda dull, too. Traveling does not make you not eat.

  44. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    Her arms seem a little thin, but they definitely have muscle tone. Otherwise, I think she looks great. She completely eclipses that dragon on the right.

  45. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    she makes adriana lima look fat!

  46. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    candace has a really big head.
    adriana is gorgeous and that dude that called her a whale should REALLY consider seeing a psychiatrist! I mean.. REALLY?

  47. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    All these bitches are ugly as fuck. The 2 skinny ones are just WAY TO SKINNY. To do the dude said they have muscle tone…um obviously dumb ass! They are skinny as fuck of course you are gonna see tone! Build it up, eat a cheeseburger. I would break those two skinny fucks with one thrust. The one on the right isnt big but Im not digging her “im so seriously hot” facial expressions.

  48. Eva B.

    I think she’s too skinny in this picture but it might just be the angle or pose or something. That doesn’t mean I think she should gain 50 pounds to look like a “real woman”. No one thinks that. She looked healthier in older pics. But she’s beautiful no matter what.

  49. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    She’s 22, people. I could eat cheeseburgers all day at 22 and nothing stuck. Have any of you been on an undergraduate college campus lately? A young metabolism is a fabulous thing. She will always be beautiful, though perhaps not always so slender.

  50. Candice Swanepoel Bikini Too Skinny
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    the fact that candice is making adrianna look fat should tell you something about how skinny she is. maybe she only looks “normal” in this photo because she’s next to two women who are very thin in their own right…i think she’d look freakishly thin walking down the street.

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