Supermodel Candice Swanepoel was named the hottest woman in the world for 2014. Swanepoel was rated No. 1 this year on Maxim's Hot 100 List of the world's most beautiful women, beating out fellow supermodels Irina Shayk and Alessandra Ambrosio.
"Candice Swanepoel is the ideal embodiment of the new Maxim brand: stunning, sophisticated, elegant," said Maxim creative director Paul Martinez. "She has become one of the world's top supermodels and has transcended the accolade to become a global brand. It's hard to imagine a woman more perfect."
Not surprisingly, Swanepoel was flattered by her new title. "It's a huge honor to be Maxim's No. 1 among so many beautiful and talented women!" said the South African stunner. "It's a great feeling."
Other beauties rounding out the top 10 this year were Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, Irina Shayk, Jennifer Lawrence, Zooey Deschanel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, and Cara Delevingne.
Candice, who has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2007, has an enviable bikini body, thanks to rigorous workouts and a healthy low-carb diet. While she occasionally indulges her love for pizza and pasta, she generally follows a high-protein, low-carb diet featuring plenty of vegetables. She also avoids processed foods and rarely overeats.
Low-carb diets such as the Atkins, ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by inducing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, author of Keto Clarity.
Swanepoel said the secret to her incredible physique is year-round training, since there's no off season when you're a supermodel. Candice runs, swims, plays tennis, boxes, and does fat-blasting circuit-training workouts.
"I’m usually bikini-ready all year round," Candice told W. "I try to train as much as I can, as much as my schedule allows. If I’m on holiday, I’m active on the beach, I play tennis, I run, I swim a lot. It’s just about making the workouts fun, and then it doesn’t really feel that bad."
Swanepoel doesn't take an all-or-nothing approach to exercise. When she can't get in a proper workout with her trainer, she'll do something rather than nothing.
"Sometimes I’m too tired after work, so I try to work out in the morning, usually like three or four times a week, even if I do 15 minutes of running on the treadmill or yoga at home," she said. "Just something to keep it up."
Denied Anorexia Rumors
In 2011, Candice made headlines after appearing emaciated at a Victoria's Secret press event. While the blonde stunner has always been thin, her skeletal frame immediately spurred speculation she was suffering from anorexia or some other eating disorder. Swanepoel's dramatic weight loss was underscored by her stick-thin legs and tiny torso.
Candice later released a statement denying she was starving herself or suffering from an eating disorder, insisting: "I am healthy and happy. I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case, everything is normal and good."
Swanepoel has since gained a few pounds and looks better than ever.