Candice, who became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010, is currently one of the world's highest paid models. Picture: supplied

London - It may be winter in America, but the new Victoria’s Secret Swim 2013 Catalogue is sure to heat up the continent with its steamy array of bikini-clad models lead by cover girl Candice Swanepoel.

Not only does she smoulder on page one, in a bejewelled black bra, but Candice cavorts in swimwear such a hot bronze two-piece and a pink bikini.

But the other leggy gals have a lot of show, too – including a fetching green bikini worn by tousle-haired Behati Prinsloo and a dazzling yellow halter bikini worn by Lais Ribeiro.

Of course the cover of the Victoria’s Secret annual Swim Catalogue is like the Fantasy Bra of the brand’s yearly Runway Show. It’s a coveted spot that the Angels compete for every season.

And for 2013, it looks like sultry South African Angel Candice was given the honour for the third time in a row – wearing the new Very Sexy Bandeau bikini, “a retro-inspired” push-up.

In a behind-the-scenes clip, the 24-year-old says: ‘It’s really nice to see myself on the cover, and after all the iconic women, like Gisele and Tyra Banks, it’s an honour.’

She added: “For me, doing Swim, it’s the best part of being a Victoria’s Secret Angel because I love the sun and the ocean.”

The blonde also scored the Swim cover in 2012 and 2011.

Photographed by Russell James, Swanepoel posed for the new catalogue in Turks and Caicos and Miami along with fellow Angels Miranda Kerr, Erin Heatherton, and Doutzen Kroes, as well as Vogue’s top 2012 model, Karlie Kloss.

The catalogue features swimsuits “inspired by old Hollywood, glamorous starlets and their chic escapes to the most luxurious destinations in the world”, says the brand in a statement.

While shooting the catalogue a few weeks ago in Miami, Heatherton, 23, opened up about maintaining her Victoria’s Secret body. – Daily Mail