Candace Smith


Candace Smith

  • Name:  Candace Smith

  • Age:  31

  • DOB: February 1

  • Home:  Dayton, Ohio,  Los Angeles, Calif

  • Occupation:  Lawyer, Model

  • CBS Survivor: Tocantins
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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 consulting firm.

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, USA 2003.

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, spiritually...push me.


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