Representing our Nation’s Capital, Candiace Dillard was crowned Miss United States 2013 onthe national stage and embarked upon a journey that, she says, has made her the woman she is today. This 31 year old now wears many hats, asan actress, Founder and CEO ofCandiace Dillard Pageant Consulting, co-founder of Prima Hair Collection by Candiace Dillard and co-owner of Chateau Salon Suites. In 2009, she founded an organization called MySister’s Keeper, a mentorship and women’s empowerment organization designed to give young girls the opportunity to interact with other women in their communities. Her call to service was only reinforced during her tenure in the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, where she liaised between the White House and the African American Community for President Barack Obama. She later traded in her suit and heels for the campaign trail where she served as a staffer for President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election Campaign. Candiace is a graduate of Howard University and touts a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. While Candiace takes pride in her background in public service, she considers herself anartist at heart and is no stranger to performing. She recently starred in the principle role of Dr. Nicole St. Claire in the acclaimed independent film, Water In A Broken Glass. You can also catch her as Victoria in season two of the web series, Pivot Point and in the Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival Nominated short, On the Edge to name a few. She is the 2015 Hype Hair Magazine International Beauty of the Year and can be seen in the 2015 July/August issue of Hype Hair Magazine.
Having competed in the pageant industry for many years she, holds top placements in the Sunburst, National American Miss, National Miss American Coed, Georgia Miss American Coed, Miss Maryland USA, Miss District of Columbia USA and Miss United States pageant systems. She is also an accomplished musician and vocalist – joining her first girl group at the age of 15. As the group’s lead vocalist, Candiace wrote music and played keyboard with “Blaze”for almost two years, while being seen by the likes of Sony and Arista Records. Blaze was exposed to the many growing and changing facets of the music industry, being mentored and seen by accomplished music artists like Kandi Burruss and others. She has sung in choirs her entire life; from school to church to the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University where she had the opportunity to tour in Italy, Slovakia, Hungary and Montenegro to name a few. If she is not acting, singing or being a Pageant Girl, Candiace can be found curled up with a good book, as reading is her favorite pastime. From authors like Emily Giffin to the mysteries of Mary Higgins Clark to autobiographies of the African diaspora; reading is her therapy. She lives boldly by the mantra “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you have imagined for yourself.”