Which Victoria's Secret Model Covers the Swimsuit Catalogue This Year?

01/03/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

Candice Swanepoel Victoria's Secret Swim
Courtesy Victoria’s Secret

While most of the country is hiding from cold temps, the Victoria’s Secret Angels are heating things up! The ladies star in the 2013 swim catalogue — in mailboxes nationwide today — and South African beauty Candice Swanepoel has the privilege (again) of covering the coveted issue.

“It was such an honor to be picked for the cover,” the model tells PEOPLE. “It is such an iconic catalogue. Before I was a model, I used to see Gisele B√ľndchen, Tyra Banks and all of those iconic women on it. It is amazing that a little South African girl can get on the cover.”

In her big shot, Swanepoel wears a Very Sexy bandeau top — one Victoria’s Secret’s newest offerings for 2013 (in stores and online today). “I love it — it’s so sexy and gives me amazing cleavage,” the model shares.

For this catalogue, Swanepoel and her Angel pals hit the beaches of Miami and Turks and Caicos, and were shot by famed photographer Russell James. And though there is always pressure to look perfect in pictures, Swanepoel says she was never nervous during her shoot.

“Victoria’s Secret is like a big family,” she explains. “The swim shoots are always really fun, and I love being on the beach. I can’t really complain [about my job] — I feel very lucky!”

This year, the company is offering a little something extra for swim fans in the form of the new Angels & Artists video series, which basically pairs hot songs with hot models in bikinis. The first clip in the series, “Bikinis & Bruno Mars” (below), features Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes making waves to the tune of Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven.” Additional videos featuring music and models will be released throughout swimsuit season.

If this catalogue leaves you wanting more, you’re in luck: three more catalogues, shot in Tulum and St. Barts, will hit mailboxes throughout the season.

–Kate Hogan

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BBB on

Do people really still care about this stuff? All the VS ladies are beautiful but none is OMG-lost my breath-WOW stunning. Put one on the cover, put another one on the cover, it’s all the same–very lean, busty, long hair.

Shea on

And all women’s tatas are going to look just like hers in that top! (Insert oceantfront property joke here)

Kitchy on

The “swimsuit” top looks very weirdly ‘Shopped, probably because they weren’t willing to actually get it wet. It looks like it’s floating without actually resting against her skin.

She’s pretty. I agree with BBB though, they all pretty much look the same. Although I think Miranda Kerr stands out. (She is a VS model, right?)

whatever on

yawn

LM on

I think the real question is – has Leo dated this one yet!

.... on

Her shoulders look wide for a woman. I also agree that most of them look the same.

Fresh. Fab. Fantastic. on

All these negative comments! I think Candice looks beautiful and I can’t wait to look through the catalog. It will make me count down the days until the weather is warm enough again to wear a swimsuit!

Jessica on

@ LM—-that was funny

NW Mamma on

amazing cleavage???? More like squished boobs in that top! LOL

Jennifer on

Not too impressed. Beautiful girl but that tops does not flatter her

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