Candiace (Star of the Real Housewives of Potomac)
A renaissance woman can do it all—and more. As a singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, personality, and philanthropist, Candiace Dillard Bassett shines as brightly as possible in each respective lane. Racking up millions of streams and views on her solo music, appearing in films for BET and NETFLIX, running various businesses, and entertaining audiences on BRAVO’s The Real Housewives of Potomac, she consistently turns heads and inspires with everything she does.
“I refer to myself as a ‘Jane of all trades’,” she states. “I take a lot of pride in wanting to accomplish all of the goals in my wheelhouse of interests.”
Born in Atlanta, GA, her parents worked as Air Force physicians, and mom also stood out as a “Jane of All Trades.” Candiace gravitated towards music with dad often joking she “came out of the womb singing.” She listened to everyone from Brandy to Toni Braxton. While performing with the prestigious Howard Gospel Choir, her peers affectionately referred to her as “Toni” due to the alto power of her voice. She launched her career in Washington DC, working in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs during the Obama administration before joining his reelection campaign as a staffer.
Along the way, she participated in countless pageants, reaching the apex as “Miss United States 2013.” In order to guide empower another generation of pageant contestants, she founded Candiace Dillard Pageant Consulting. She also cofounded Prima Hair Collection by Candiace Dillard and co-owns Chateau Salon Suites. Allowing audiences into her world, Candiace notably joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Potomac in 2018.
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