Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel bore some scrutiny when she debuted the upcoming swimsuit collection with her fellow Victoria's Secret Angels this week at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.
Photos of the the South African beauty's tiny waist, slender arms and skinny legs next to the curvyAlessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima set off the controversy, as the 22-year-old seemed a tad plumper (a healthy plumper) in recent months.
"I am healthy and happy," Swanepoel told the New York Daily News through a rep. "I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case everything is normal and good."
The 2011 swimsuit issue cover girl's most recent modeling cardsaid she was 5-foot-9 and wore size-8 dresses, though the photos seem to tell another story. She insisted that her diet is determined by stress and traveling.
"I work out a lot. I box. I'm obsessed with it," Swanepoel toldHollyscoop.com. "It helps a lot with traveling, you know, to be strong and carry on with everything."
Victoria's Secret models are generally a little bustier and curvier than high-fashion models because, well, something has to go in those cups.
The models' contracts specifically say they are expected to be "healthy and muscular," and Swanepoel could lose her contract if she gets too thin, a source familiar with the contract told E!
"There is a really clear criteria for both Angels and the catalogue. Their career path is 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue, then to Angel, it's the highest-paying contract there is, period. The image is about being voluptuous, it's not fat, but it's curvy," the source said. "But if you start to look skinny and 'editorial print-like,' like fashion mag models, like undernourished, it gives the image the company does not want."
Former Victoria's Secret model Tyra Banks also dealt with scrutiny over her weight when she gained a few pounds after retiring from the runway.