Get ready to practice your pronunciation, because the name on everybody's lips is about to be Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel. The model has officially transcended the lingerie world, splashing into the mainstream with a cover for Elle UK.
Swanepoel goes high fashion for the December issue of the mag, modeling a metallic pink leather jacket by Saint Laurent, smokey eye makeup and bleached-out hair. The styling is certainly different than we've become accustomed to seeing the South African beauty sport -- namely, she's wearing actual clothes. (Plus, we suspect some over-zealous Photoshopping is to blame for why we didn't quite recognize her at first.)
This has been a monumental year for Swanepoel, as she's landed the coveted role of modeling the Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, not to mention she ranked 9th on Forbes' "World's Highest Paid Models" list. Throw in a major fashion glossy cover, and we'd say she's being positioned as the next Miranda Kerr, a former Angel who has become a global celebrity by expanding her repertoire past undies, bikinis and that iconic Fantasy Bra.
After all, Kerr has bowed out of the annual Victoria's Secret extravaganza this year, leaving Swanepoel to steal the show. Perhaps this Elle UK cover means Kerr is passing the torch -- er, bejeweled brassiere -- to Swanepoel once and for all.
See the other women who came before Candice:
Tyra Banks in 1997
Gisele Bundchen in 2000
Heidi Klum in 2001
Karolina Kurkova in 2002
Heidi Klum in 2003
Gisele Bundchen in 2005
Karolina Kurkova in 2006
Selita Ebanks in 2007
Adriana Lima in 2008
Marisa Miller in 2009
Adriana Lima in 2010
Miranda Kerr in 2011
Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima Backstage at the Victoria's Secret Show
Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio showed off their wings, and their famous figures, in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last evening in New York City. Before the Angels hit the runway, we went backstage to find out their favorite looks from the show! Karlie Kloss, who is walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for her first time this year, told us that she's a little nervous to take her first walk down the runway in wings. Watch to see all of our backstage interviews at