November 23, 2013
Candice Swanepoel steps outside of her comfort zone for a topless shoot (PICTURES)
Candice Swanepoel has referred to herself as an introvert, but she seems to be bursting with confidence in her latest photo-shoot. The South African model strips off for a series of playful black and white shots taken by photographer Matt Jones for the latest issue of i-D Magazine. Candice cheerfully shows off her figure in images that have been artfully illustrated by New York based artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS.
The model was first spotted by a talent scout while she shopped in a flea market in Durban at age 15, and was then catapulted from her rural town of Moori River to the most prestigious catwalks around the world.Even though she's showing some skin, it's so refreshing to see a woman celebrating her body in a playful way rather than a sexual way. Sure tons of men are going to be drooling all over her stunning figure (just as they always are), but having this level of body-confidence doesn't come easy to any woman - she's just had a bit more practice. Personally I find these images incredibly tasteful and creative. As much as I envy the Angels (and their adorable undergarments), it's great to see one of them take on another role asides from sultry temptress. The female form has always been a central part of art. And though the images that grace the VS catalogues may be beautiful, I don't know that I would define them as art. This is. What do you think of this photo shoot? Is it empowering or just unnecessary?