Q&A with Candice Boucher

The SA Swimsuit model talks to KATE NOKWE about keeping her body in shape, the best places she has visited and who she considers to be the sexiest sporting personality.

How did you get into modelling and how long have you been in the industry?
I've been in the industry for 12 years. I entered a competition, a beauty pageant of some sort, at school. The winner’s picture was sent to an agency and they made a portfolio and everything took off from there.

Do you have any qualification to fall back on?
I’m busy studying interior design through correspondence. It’s taking a while, but I'm getting there slowly. At one point I wanted to study psychology and work with people, but I realised that I could combine my love of people with exploring my creative side, through interior design.

Which are the most exotic places to which you’ve travelled?
Borneo is definitely up there with the most exotic places. India is one of the places that just pulled me into its culture and its beauty. There are other places like Zanzibar, Seychelles and Mauritius, but I must say that Borneo really tops them all.

We hear stories all the time, but what really goes on behind the scenes in modelling?
Yo! It’s just madness. Hair, make-up, photographers, just trying to get everyone together. Then there’s the weather. No one really knows what is going on until it’s happening. Somehow everything comes together in the end. Dinner time is always interesting. Gets loud ... um, interesting.

The end product looks fun and glamorous; what are the challenges that you face?
It is always good to see the end product because we never know how it’s going to turn out. Grey skies always look good in photos, but sometimes it’s miserable during shooting. There are other challenges, like the early morning calls or just sitting around and waiting for the ‘perfect’ weather. It’s getting through a number of garments, locations, etc. People don't realise it, but the admin behind the scenes involves a lot of work to capture the perfect moment in a photograph.

Any regrets on this job?
I don’t believe in regrets. Everything we experience builds you up as a person. The more mistakes you make along the way, the better. It all builds and shapes your character. So no, no regrets.

What keeps you grounded?
People I surround myself with, like the SA crew and, of course, my family.

Twelve years is a long time and you are in great shape. How do you do it?
I’m a little worried about rolling out of here; the food has been amazing. It’s difficult not to go for seconds and thirds. You keep up your training before each trip and on location we sweat it out, so that’s something which helps me to keep trim. I go to gym three or four times a week and I do boxing.

Your favourite sport?
Boxing and kickboxing. I enjoy the physical challenges offered by those sports.

What’s your preference: soccer, cricket or rugby players?
I'd have to say rugby guys. They are a bit more … how do I put this ... they are better-built and have more stamina and endurance when it comes to working out. 

Who in your opinion is the sexiest sport personality?
In the world – since we have just come out of Wimbledon –  there’s something about Rafael Nadal. We won’t talk about his performance. And locally, Ryk Neethling is up there. Good guy.

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