Candace Smith grew up as a tomboy and
athlete, competing in soccer, basketball and track. She
lacks fear or inhibition and is always ready to take on new
challenges. This sexy former Miss Ohio USA has both beauty
and brains, making her a real threat to her competitors.
Candace prides herself in having both book and street
smarts. Growing up in the inner city of Dayton, Ohio,
Candace worked hard to receive a full academic scholarship
to the University of Dayton. She went on to graduate from
Northwestern University School of Law and began working as a
commercial real estate attorney. After becoming Miss Ohio
USA, she decided to move to L.A. to pursue other
aspirations, including modeling, acting and opening her own
Although Candace no longer practices law, she still utilizes
her legal skills in everyday life. As an attorney, she
mastered the skills of mental combat and knows how to create
a strong bargaining position, which will certainly come in
handy on SURVIVOR. Candace has also learned how to relate to
many different types of people from traveling all over the
world, including England, Spain and Cuba. Aside from
traveling, she also enjoys running, cooking and writing. She
is currently working on a book of her memoirs.
While friends describe her as resilient, funny and overall
positive, she admits she is brutally honest by nature and
can come across as a bitch, which may cause her problems
with her tribe. Although she knows how to negotiate and be
diplomatic, she has a difficult time socializing with phony
people. To win this game, she knows she'll have to be able
to bite her tongue because she knows what's at risk. A
victory would help provide the children in her family with
funds for education and she hopes that a strong mix of
athleticism and work ethic will take her to the end.
Candace is single and currently resides in Los Angeles,
Calif. Her birth date is February 1.
Jeff Probst: Candace is
unfortunately on a season in which there are a lot of
likeable strong people. And she may fall victim to not being
as strong. I think the heat and the bugs might get to her.
What Candace will have to do though is show people that 'I
am a warrior and not a princess'.
I grew up in Dayton Ohio. I
received a full academic scholarship to the University of
Dayton. That was a pretty big accomplishment for me. Then I
went on to Northwestern Law School. I got a Merit scholarship
there. I actually graduated, believe it or not. Moved back to
Ohio, passed the Bar Exam, can't believe that either...first
time. And started practicing law and then became Miss Ohio,
I'd be lying if I said my physical appearance wouldn't help. I
mean that would just sound like a load of crap if I was...'oh
no, it's not about that'. I mean it helps. I don't plan on
relying on it. I also think I'm a great athlete. I think I'm
great socially. I think I'm a great analytical thinker. So I
don't plan on relying on it. There's a lot of pretty
girls...and some of them may be relying on it.
I'm the Ultimate Survivor
because I've been a survivor my entire life. Like I've never
given up on anything. I've worked hard my entire life. I feel
like people have misconceptions about me. They think things
come to me easy. And it's never been easy. And growing up in
Dayton, Ohio wasn't easy. And being the first in my family to
go to college wasn't easy. Moving to Chicago by myself to
start Law School wasn't easy. And anything that I've faced,
I've taken on and I accomplish it.
I wouldn't change a thing about my life, I love it. I feel
like it gives me character. I meet so many people like in L.A....other
models and actresses, honestly they don't have that many
layers. I love what I've experienced. And I've experienced a
lot. I realize that I haven't had a challenge lately. I've
been real comfortable. Like living in my little world and
complacent. College was a challenge, Miss Ohio was a
challenge. There's nothing that's really kind of pushed me.
And I know this is gonna push me physically, mentally,