When Candice Michelle arrived to WWE in 2004, very few insiders expected her to be anything more than just a pretty face.
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From the moment she stepped off the bus from Milwaukee, Candice Michelle knew she wanted to be in Playboy. As a young girl struggling in the fast-track world of L.A. modeling, she always stayed focused on that goal. As one of WWE’s hottest Divas in the post-Attitude Era, Candice’s longtime fantasy became a reality in 2006.
“It was always a dream of mine to do Playboy,” Candice said in an interview published in the April 2006 issue of Raw Magazine. “And I don’t know if I even always believed it would come true. It wasn’t something I thought I could do. So to come out here from the Midwest and be on the cover of Playboy is so surreal and very rewarding!”
Candice, whose nude pictorial was featured in the April 2006 issue of Playboy, was not at all nervous being photographed in her birthday suit.
“I was so excited to have it all happen,” said Candice. To have this huge production all set up for you and to show the beauty of a woman’s body, it was like, ‘Is this all for me?'”
Adding further detail to the photo shoot, Candice remarked, “Doing a shoot like this, you want to be as comfortable as possible and look and feel your best. There’s no better way than to just go for it … Usually the modeling directive is to make love to the camera, but they had specific poses for each shot. So I was standing in one pose for every shot! But when I saw all the shots later, it was awesome.”
To promote the pictorial, Candice battled fellow Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson at WrestleMania 22 in WWE’s first-ever Playboy Pillow Fight. Although there were pillows and in the ring, the pillows were not much in play, though the beauties did toss each other on the bed. While both Divas began the contest in long, elegant dresses, those gowns were torn or cut off and the two continued to wrestle in their lingerie. Candice thought she’d won the contest when she threw Wilson into the corner to finish her off with a running splash. Wilson, however, ducked out of the way and cradled Candice for a three-count to come out on top.
The Playboy spread was not Candice’s first time posing nude, nor for the Playboy organization for that matter. Prior to joining WWE in 2004, Candice appeared as a nude model for various entities; she was named Playboy.com’s “Cyber Girl of the Week” in June 2002.
About Candice Michelle
When Candice Michelle arrived to WWE in 2004, very few insiders expected her to be anything more than just a pretty face. Hearing the whispers, the determined Diva dedicated herself to proving her detractors wrongs. Within three years of stepping foot in a ring for the first time, she reached the pinnacle of her profession, capturing the WWE Women’s Championship. She managed to keep the pretty face along the way, becoming a Playboy cover girl and star of multiple Super Bowl commercials.
Candice’s WWE career nearly came to an end before it ever began. After failing to make the finals of the 2004 Diva Search, it appeared as though the beautiful brunette was at a career crossroads. Fortunately, WWE officials saw something they liked in her and offered her a contract. At first, Michelle’s limited wrestling ability restricted her to non-competitive roles. While she enjoyed the attention she was garnering, Michelle realized she was beginning to be regarded simply as eye candy.
Behind countless hours of wrestling training from former Four Horsemen enforcer Arn Anderson, Candice Michelle became a legitimate threat in the Women’s Division by 2007. On June 24, she proved her worth when she defeated Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship at Vengeance, becoming the first Diva Search contestant to win the belt. The win capped off Candice’s amazing evolution into a dominant female force in the ring.
After dropping the strap four months later to Beth Phoenix, Candice continued to compete in the women’s division, but injuries to her clavicle would prevent her from achieving the success she previously enjoyed. On June 19, 2009, WWE discarded Michelle as she was released from her contract.
For Your Information
Find Candice Michelle Online – Candice Michelle can be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Her Facebook page is located at facebook.com/candicemichelle while her Twitter account can be found at DIVACANDICEM. She has an account on Instagram, but it’s personal.
Return From Injury – After breaking her clavicle in four separate places five months earlier, Candice Michelle appeared on the September 8, 2008 episode of Raw fully healed and ready to fight. The returning Diva teamed up with Kelly Kelly and Mickie James to take on the team of WWE Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix, Jillian and Katie Lea Burchill. In spite of The Glamazon’s proclamations about her power and strength, Michelle led her team to victory by pinning Phoenix. (Image Gallery ▸)