There is something almost otherworldly about Candice Swanepoel. Her figure, with its coltish long legs, flat stomach and enviable curves, is as far removed from those of normal folk as it gets.
The supermodel (should they wear capes?) is very much its own species - and Victoria's Secret models, or Angels, as they are called, are at the top of the pile.
Candice, who became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010, is currently one of the world's highest paid models - the Forbes Rich List ahs her among the top ten highest earning models after she brought home £1.9m last year.
Despite her ethereal looks, she is an earthy girl at heart. Brought up on a dairy and beef farm in a small town called Mooi River in South Africa, Candice revealed in a recent interview with GQ magazine that she was bullied as a schoolgirl for being thin.
As is so often the way, the duckling blossomed into a swan, and at 15, she was picked up by a model scout in a Durban flea market.
The rest, as they say, is history. Candice has now walked for top designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel, Diane von Fürstenberg, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, and made it onto Vogue's hallowed cover.
At 23, she's already settled down - she has been dating her Brazilian model boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli since she was 17 - though she admits she enjoys nights out with fellow Angels including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
'It's so nice. We live a very different life that not many other people can understand,' she said.