Candace Elizabeth Smith (born February 1, 1977 in Dayton, Ohio) is an African-American model, actress, lawyer, and former beauty queen. She appeared as one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right and was a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins.
Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Candace Smith attended the University of Dayton on a full academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Communications. During this time, she completed a Communications and Marketing program at the University of London. Candace attended law school at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. After passing the Ohio Bar exam in 2002, Candace began practicing commercial real estate law at the largest law firm in Ohio. It was during this time she won the title of Miss Ohio USA.
Candace won the title of Miss Ohio USA 2003 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Smith went on to represent Ohio in the Miss USA 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. As Miss Ohio USA 2003, Smith dedicated her time to several charities including the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Artemis House (women’s shelter) and the USO.
After the beauty pageantry, Smith was soon on the move as she headed west to Los Angeles. Once she arrived there, Candace began making a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a connector, producer, actress, casting director and model. Soon after her arrival she accepted the position of project manager for the W.I.N. Project, an events, marketing and consulting company. As project manager Candace had the opportunity to manage several global ventures, including the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival.
While in this position, she established herself as a no-nonsense “connector” for impressive clientele worldwide seeking both professional and personal guidance. Candace began consulting for clients in the areas of business and lifestyle but naturally her single clients began turning to her for direction with their love lives. Matchmaking, relationship counseling and coaching came easily to Candace as a result of her Psychology degree, acute intuition, candor, reputable networks, and varied life experience.
Price is Right CareerEdit
Candace also had an itch for appearing in front of the camera as well. One of her very first TV gigs was appearing as one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right from January to April 2004 for a total of 29 episodes.
Smith went on to land other TV and movie roles. Appearing on shows such as on Fox's Method & Red, HBO's Entourage and NBC's Joey. In 2006 she had a role in the Broken Lizard comedy Beerfest. She worked with Broken Lizard again in The Slammin' Salmon in which she plays the sister of late actor Michael Clarke Duncan and in The Babymakers. She appeared in David Ayer's End of Watch, as a distressed mother who receives help from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. Her most recent film is Gimme Shelter written and directed by Ron Krauss, starring Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser and Vanessa Hudgens.
Second to love, travel is Candace’s true passion. She has road tripped through New Zealand, swam in the Dead Sea, explored the beaches of Spain, rolled cigars in the Dominican Republic, kayaked in Mexico, studied in London, “worked” in Turks and Caicos, sun bathed in most of the Caribbean, back packed throughout Bahia, Brazil and led a research project in Cuba. When not traveling, this former National Junior Olympic sprinter loves to go for a run outside, cook for friends, donate her time to the Downtown Women’s Center and most importantly spread love!
She also continues to model in national commercial and print campaigns.