Media Mulls ‘Shockingly Skinny’ Model Candice Swanepoel

On the high heels of a March 30th promotional event at LA’s Mondrian Hotel for the 2011 Victoria’s Secret “Swim” collection, the blogosphere is off and running with prurient speculation about the emaciated appearance of one of the models, Candice Swanepoel (pictured).

The South African stunner looked very different a few months ago. But now, per media pick-ups on Huffington Post,, Hollywood Life and beyond, everyone is reacting to photos of the hotel event shot for Getty Images by Patrick McMullan and others. Per Hollywood Life:

Just look at the legs–skinny, they look like straight lines. (That’s not how the human body is meant to look.) Likewise, her waist appears to have disappeared completely… Is this the way VS wants the world to see women?

We’ll take a stab at answering that rhetorical question. As far as the male half of the population, that’s sadly and most definitely exactly how VS wants the ideal woman to be perceived.

[Photo copyright: Patrick McMullan]

Update – 04/04/11: Swanepoel has responded to her critics, via the New York Daily News. She insists that she is “happy and healthy.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.