As a Victoria's Secret model she's used to wearing next to nothing on the catwalk.

And now Candice Swanepoel has gone one step further by posing topless in a pared-down shoot for Rag & Bone Jeans.

The 23-year-old swapped the glitz, glamour and sleek hairdos of the catwalk for a more natural look as she lounged on location in South America.

Instead of her usual immaculately coiffed locks, Ms Swanepoel's hair was either teased into natural ringlets or appeared sopping wet from the shower.

When the model wasn't posing topless, the only thing preserving her dignity was a barely there white vest that just about covered her tiny frame.

The South African beauty was photographed for the jeans' 'DIY Project', which made her the stylist, creative director and subject of her own shoot.

Ms Swanepoel was given a digital camera and a bag of clothes including basic tops, T-shirts and jeans.

After the shoot she took to her Twitter page.

'So excited the DIY project with @rag_bone is out! had so much fun doing it! shot in Bora Bora,Fortaleza and Vitoria Brasil. Hope you like it.x,' she wrote.

The model looked curvier and healthy in the shoot, flying in the face of recent rumours that she has an eating disorder.

The whispers about her weight emerged after photos of her looking super skinny were taken while modelling the newest Victoria's Secret swimwear collection.

In an attempt to defend herself against the critics, she told the New York Daily News: 'I am healthy and happy.'

She certainly cut a more curvaceous figure earlier this month after opening the much anticipated $12million Victoria's Secret show in New York.

The model swished down the catwalk wearing a purple tutu and Basque with matching wings.

'It's so extravagant this year,' she had enthused. – Daily Mail