For being one of the least religious cities in the country, we Seattleites apparently really want to see an angel. An angel of the flowing-locks, bikini-wearing, runway-walking Victoria Secret variety, that is.

Candice Swanepoel at the Bellevue Victoria's Secret on the U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour

The lingerie brand recently held a Twitter contest for its U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour where 20 cities vied for one of three tour dates via fan tweets. The winners? Orlando, Milwaukee, and our very own emerald gem, Seattle.

For the first stop, South African supermodel and VS Angel Candice Swanepoel breezed into Bellevue Square store on Wednesday, July 10 and we had a chance to chat with the blonde beauty about the new swim collection and her favorite suits.

Victoria's Secret aimed for an Old Hollywood feel with its 2013 swim collection—but before you start envisioning high-waisted bottoms and chic one-pieces, VS interpreted the trend in a way Swanepoel admits is more top-heavy (so to speak) and modern Marilyn than classic pinup. Other looks include bright neons, cheeky details, and suits modeled on Victoria's Secret bras.

Out of the dozens of VS swimwear options, Swanepoel, who enjoys active beach sports, prefers the twist-front bandeau bikini that gives her a sultry boost while keeping everything secure for games of volleyball and beach tennis. "I love a one-piece as well, but it's hard to wear when you're trying to maintain color," she told us.

Mix and match your own style with the Victoria's Secret Bikini Mixer or stop by the Bellevue store to check out the full summer suit lineup. 




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