Candice Swanepoel is the gold standard in lingerie modeling. She's help make Victoria's Secret a household name. (Photo: Victoria's Secret)

Candice Swanepoel is the gold standard in lingerie modeling. She’s help make Victoria’s Secret a household name. (Photo: Victoria’s Secret)

Candice Swanepoel raises the bar on lingerie modeling for Victoria’s Secret with a sizzling new fashion spread featuring some of the brand’s sexiest designs. What a way to start the New Year!

Swanepoel, 26, is one of the most photographed women in the world.

Although she is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, the South African model has repped for a slew of brands that include Nike, Diesel, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Swarovski, Colcci, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Juicy Couture and Versace.

This year, she was named No. 1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list of the world’s most beautiful women. And that’s saying a lot, considering the top five were all from music and Hollywood and far more visible.

The list included Scarlett Johansson at No. 2 followed by singer Katy Perry, model Irina Shayk and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

When we last reported on Candice in November, she had been tapped by VS to rep its hottest new lingerie line, aptly titled “Scandalous.”

She followed up with a sizzling swimsuit photo spread for VS that suggests the brand intends to dominate the landscape in sexy womenswear. If so, Candice is definitely doing her part.

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Candice Swanepoel Sizzles in Lingerie (Click Photos to Enlarge!)