Candice Swanepoel made her post-baby return to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Monday, November 20. The South African beauty, who missed last year’s show after welcoming her and fiancé Hermann Nicoli’s son Anacã in October, stunned on the runway 13-months after giving birth. The mom-of-one showed off her rock hard abs and lean legs as she modeled in her 10th VS show wearing a red hot lingerie set and tartan number during the 2017 show’s taping in Shanghai, China. Candice, 29, chatted with HOLA! backstage about her return and motherhood prior to strutting down the catwalk.
VIEW GALLERY The supermodel made her return to the VS runway in China Photos: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret/Taylor Hill/WireImage
HOLA!: Last year you welcomed your son and did not walk. How do you feel about returning to the Victoria’s Secret runway?
"I feel very excited to return to the catwalk and besides the fact that it is in China is very fun and will probably be the best show of all because there is a lot of technology in this country and the space where it is taking place is immense. I'm thrilled to be part of this."
Do you have a special role in the show?
"Yes, but I cannot say, it's secret, this is Victoria's SECRET (laughs)."
VIEW GALLERY Candice welcomed her son in October of 2016 Photo: Instagram/angelcandices
Do you feel different being a mom?
"Yes, I feel different. I feel much more emotionally sensitive, but at the same time much stronger. It makes everything change."
In 2016 your best friend Behati Prinsloo also gave birth and didn’t walk in the show. Are you going to miss her this year since she is pregnant again and won't be on the runway with you?
"I am missing her, but I know that she is very happy."
How did you prepare for this year’s show?
"I did many resistance exercises. Also, at home [Brazil] I was able to go out and run a lot along the beach for about 20 minutes each time. And all that without forgetting to see my personal trainer to do my usual exercise routine."
The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs November 28 at 10 p.m. on CBS
Interview by: Luis Javier Merino