PLAYBOY MS. SOCIAL WINNER CANDICE ELIZABETH ALL NATURAL
INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF // PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN DWYER MAIN STREET PRODUCTIONS
CANDICE ELIZABETH // 27 YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN // GLAMOUR/BIKINI MODEL // MEN’S MAGAZINE COVERS // MULTIPLE MAGAZINE FEATURES // NUMEROUS ONLINE TITLES // COMBINED SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING 60,000
“…BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE AND FEMININE BUT HAS A DARK EDGE TO IT. I LIKE TO THINK I IDENTIFY WITH THAT IN A WAY.”
BY The photos from this shoot remind me of a Lana Del Rey song. Why is that?
CE I guess that depends whether you’re referring to her music in general or a particular song… I think Lana Del Ray’s music is beautifully unique and feminine but has a dark edge to it. I like to think I identify with that in a way. Either that or it just makes you feel a Summertime Sadness?
BY Ha! It’s like the feel of the Born to Die Album. Which is like one of the greatest albums of the past 10 years, IMO.
CE I can honestly say I haven’t listened to it in full but I’ll definitely put it on my to-do list. I tend to listen to more metal and rock music. Perhaps that’s my dark Lana Del Ray-esque undertone coming out!
“I DON’T DO NUDE MODELLING SO IT REALLY WAS THE ONLY WAY TO EVER BE ‘INVOLVED’ WITH THAT BRAND FOR ME.”
BY Congratualtions on your Playboy Miss Social win. What can you tell us about the Miss Social contest?
CE It was incredibly full on. I ran five times before I won and was in front of the computer 24/7 trying to build a rapport with my judges to build a support network. I won quickly in comparison to some other winners. I came second to one model in particular that had been in the competition for three years.
It was completely worth it as the prize pack was amazing. I had a photoshoot at Playboy Studios in LA and got to tour the Playboy mansion. I met some lovely people along the way too and just having the title itself is so surreal. I don’t do nude modelling so it really was the only way to ever be ‘involved’ with that brand for me.
BY: Playboy often tends to have a stigma attached to it. Just utter the brand’s name and, for many, it immediately elicits thoughts of topless women and nudity. I assume that you have had to deal with quite a few questions and curiosities regarding this?
“IF PEOPLE MAKE ASSUMPTIONS BASED ON MY TITLE THAT’S THEIR OWN ISSUE.”
CE Stigma is such a negative word and I don’t necessarily agree with that being attached to the brand. Playboy is all about female empowerment and freedom of choice. I have absolutely no issue with women that choose to pose nude. I just don’t necessarily feel comfortable with doing it myself. More power to them for being so courageous! If people make assumptions based on my title, that’s their own issue. If they are curious enough to ask, in a respectful way, I’m more than happy to answer their questions.
BY One thing that has increased your popularly with fans is your “natural” look and features. From your red hair to your physique. As we are all well aware many women and girls feel pressure to make changes to their looks in one way or another. How has remaining natural impacted your fitness modeling career?
“I THINK IT’S A PRETTY WELL-KNOWN FACT THAT RED HAIR IS THE LEAST POPULAR HAIR COLOUR…”
CE I think it’s a pretty well-known fact that red hair is the least popular hair colour, so refusing to dye my hair has been both a positive and negative when it comes to modelling. I’ve had people approach me specifically because of my hair colour, but I’m sure the reverse has also been true. Overall though my experiences have been very positive, and it seems people prefer a natural look. Obviously you can’t please everyone and there’s always going to be that external pressure, but it’s up to the individual to ignore that.
BY In the modeling world, specifically fitness modeling, women often feel pressure to undergo breast implant surgery in order to achieve more feminine “curves.” How has having in a full, natural chest affected your modeling? And how much do you think the chest area matters for women in fitness modeling?
“…PEOPLE ARE TOO HUNG UP ON THE ‘PERFECT FEMININE BODY’ THOUGH.”
CE It’s hard to say the effect having natural curves has had on my modeling given that I’ve never known it any other way. I do have photographers comment every now and then that it is rare to find, so I can only assume that it is a positive. I think people are too hung up on the ‘perfect feminine body’ though. Women come in all shapes and sizes and I don’t think the ‘chest area’ should even be a factor in fitness modeling.
BY What tips or advice would you give to women looking to break into fitness modeling?
“…REALLY PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. ENTER AS MANY CONTESTS AS YOU CAN AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR, MARKET YOURSELF WELL…”
CE With any kind of modeling, the best advice that I can give is to really put yourself out there. Enter as many contests as you can and are eligible for, market yourself well online and use social media as a marketing tool to get yourself noticed by those in the business.
BY What’s next for Candice Elizabeth?
CE Hmmm what’s next… I have two magazine covers conning out as well as one other feature besides this one that I know of. I’m entering an online modeling contest to win a spot on a week-long photographic modeling cruise, so fingers crossed!