Candice Swanepoel has met some of her 'favourite people' on social media

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel is "grateful" for the way social media has allowed her to connect with so many new people.

The Victoria's Secret Angel took to Instagram on Monday to share a bare-faced selfie, and in the accompanying caption, insisted that she appreciates every single one of her 14 million followers.

"Thank you for sharing in so many of my happy moments and for supporting my career and the things I care about..." the 31-year-old wrote. "We can point out many negatives on the effect social media has on society and people's psyche, but it also allows us to connect in ways that were not available before..."

Candice went on to explain that she has met some of her "favourite people" on Instagram and thanked those who shared "so much positivity on this platform".

"Isn't it a beautiful thing to build each other up and support each other, life can be complicated, and we are all fighting different battles, so I just wanted to express my gratitude for all the love shared here. Kindness is free," she touchingly concluded.

The mother-of-two was inundated with love and support from her followers on the post, which has more than 395,000 likes, and fellow Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge left a series of heart emojis in the comments, as did Amber Valletta.

"Beautiful inside and out, ily (I love you)," model Alton Mason gushed.

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