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 about 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?'”
Candice continued, “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.