love my body campaign

I am tired of the ridicule...

…that people like my mother have received.

My Health teacher thinks it’s okay to make fun of over weight and under weight people and say they eat too much (sweets) or don’t eat enough. I’m going to start a “Love Your Body” campaign of my own at my school. Please reblog/like this for me to show to my counselor, so that I have proof I’m not the only person who thinks the ridicule must stop.

And please, send me pictures of yourselves, my only request is you keep it within my school dress codes, so nothing low cut, all clothing on, and no short-shorts. This is so that I don’t get in trouble for this.

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I wish I’d reblogged the post about the Victoria’s Secret love my body campaign vs the Dove real beauty campaign. The one with the commentary about how both are bad. 

Because it’s true. Victoria’s secret has a very specific type of body/beauty that they promote, and with Dove’s campaign, they also have a very specific type of image they promote as “real beauty" 

VS says if you’re skinny, white, and a certain shade of brown, you’re beautiful. Dove says that as long as you are not too thin, and not too large, you are "really beautiful”. Both are exclusive of so many other types of beauty, it’s so sad. 

Model, Victoria’s Secret Angel and Max Factor ambassador Candice Swanepoel answers our 10 burning beauty questions.


What products do you use on your skin?

Because I wear a lot of make-up for work it’s really important to keep my skin clean after work so I use a great natural face wash, Tea Tree Oil and Green Tea. I use organic coconut oil to take my make-up off, I also add it to my smoothies to keep my skin glowing. It’s a great all round natural beauty product. The main thing my mum taught me was that you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin. No matter how tired I am, I will never sleep in my make-up.

What lessons have you learned from make-up artists backstage at the shows and on shoots?

Pat McGrath taught me all about contouring, which is really big right now. It’s also really important to find the right colours and shades for you. What may suit one person may not suit you, so find what works for your face shape and tones.


What are your summer make-up essentials?

Max Factor’s Miracle Match foundation - It gives skin good coverage, but with a really light, nourished finish. Also I love a red lipstick - I’m currently using the new Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick. It’s really soft in texture, the colour is really bright and it stays put. Mascara is always in my handbag - I’m using Max Factor Velvet Volume Mascara right now. I recently shot the campaign with Pat and I love the soft, velvet feel it gives to my lashes.


How do you create perfect beach hair?

When it’s wet, tie it in a twisted bun and then undo to reveal wavy hair. Bio Oil is my favourite product from back home in South Africa and I love using it on my hair and body.


For your latest Max Factor campaign you were transformed into Marilyn Monroe - who’s your personal beauty icon?

Being transformed into Marilyn was so much fun. It was quite a process and to see the final look when I saw my reflection was amazing. Marilyn Monroe is such a big icon for so many women so it was really fun. It was a full transformation - hair, make-up and styling. It took about one and a half hours and I loved the final look. I take a lot of inspiration from the supermodels of the Nineties - Linda Evangelista, Bo Derek and Stephanie Seymour. They were unapologetic, strong women who were sexy and powerful.


What’s the best thing about being a model?

Definitely being able to travel to amazing places, 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 story and their journey and we’re all there to have fun and create art in our own way.

What are your tips for perfectly toned abs?

Boxing, laughing a lot, pilates, yoga - everything that involves core exercises.


What is your favourite way to keep fit?

I have a trainer in New York who has been working with me for about eight years now. Over the years my workouts have changed, I do a lot of yoga, boxing when I have energy, pilates on the reformer and lots of resistance training. I love yoga for the spiritual and physical sides. It’s hard to meditate in New York City, which is why I like to travel to remote places where I am surrounded by nature. I meditate through yoga.

What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?

A great moisture mask or face massage. I have a facial once a month but I have to keep where I go a secret!


What beauty advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Don’t pluck your eyebrows, don’t dye your hair and lay off on the smoky eye.