Candice Stewart

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Candice Stewart
Born Candice Dontrelle Stewart
(1983-09-19) September 19, 1983 (age 35)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Residence Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Xavier University of Louisiana
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Title Miss Teen Louisiana American Coed 2000
Miss American Teen 2000
Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2002
Miss Louisiana USA 2005
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Miss Teen USA 2002
Miss USA 2005

Candice Dontrelle Stewart (born September 19, 1983) is an American television personality and beauty pageant titleholder from Metairie, Louisiana. She competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants. In addition to her pageantry career, she participated as a HouseGuest on the fifteenth season of the American reality show Big Brother.

While in the Big Brother house, Stewart received national attention after becoming a victim of racism from fellow HouseGuests Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. She became the first member of the Big Brother jury house that season.

Pageant career[edit]

She captured the Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2002 crown in the state pageant held in Lafayette in late 2001. Stewart then represented Louisiana at the 2002 pageant held at South Padre Island, Texas in August 2002. The pageant was won by Vanessa Semrow of Wisconsin.

In 2003, just a year after passing on her Teen crown, Stewart returned to the Louisiana pageant stage, placing first runner-up to Melissa McConnell in the Miss Louisiana USA 2004 pageant. She won the pageant the following year, on her second attempt, and was the first African American woman to win this title. In April 2005, Stewart competed in the Miss USA 2005 pageant televised live from Baltimore, Maryland. The pageant was won by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina, who had been Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2000. Stewart was a speech pathology major at Xavier University and was once a dancer for the New Orleans Saints. She was due to give up her crown in November 2005, but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in her state meant the pageant was postponed until January 2006. Her successor was Christina Cuenca of Arabi, who had placed in both years Stewart had competed.

Appearance on Big Brother [edit]

In 2013, Stewart was selected to appear on the American reality television series Big Brother 15 as a contestant (HouseGuest). On Day 5, McCrae nominated Candice and Jessie for eviction, feeling as though they were the least-liked people in the house.[1][2] However, McCrae used the Power of Veto to remove Candice from the block, and chose to nominate Elissa in her place.[3] Aaryn choose Candice along with Andy, Elissa, and Helen to be the Have-Nots for the second week.[4] She once again became one of the Have-Nots during week four and five.[5][6] During week five, Stewart was selected to compete for the Power of Veto competition; however, Spencer won the Power of Veto.[7] On Day 39, Spencer used the Power of Veto to remove himself from the block, with Candice being nominated in his place in an attempt to ensure Howard's eviction.[8] Jessie and Candice, believing that Amanda and McCrae were in control of the game, attempted to get the votes to evict Amanda from the house, though this plan failed.[9] As a result, Candice and Jessie became outcasts in the house, and became the targets for several HouseGuests.[10] During week six, Candice won a $5,000 prize.[11] GinaMarie and her allies decided to target Candice and Jessie for eviction, hoping to see Candice be evicted from the house.[12] On Day 43, GinaMarie chose to nominate Candice and Jessie for eviction.[13][14] Candice lost the Veto competition and had to wear a "Clownitard" for a week.[15] They also learned that this season would feature nine Jury members, rather than seven.[16] Candice then became the sixth HouseGuest to be evicted when she received seven eviction votes (7-0-0).[17][18] She became the first member of the Jury of Nine.

During her time in the house, Stewart formed a friendship with Howard Overby. Because of their racial background, she and Overby were the targets of racist comments from fellow HouseGuests, particularly Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. At one point, Gries said, “Be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch."[19] Later in the season, during a Veto Competition (where nominees compete for the "Power of Veto", and the holder can decide whether to change the nominations), Stewart got into a dispute with HouseGuest Amanda Zuckerman. Stewart whispered to HouseGuest Judd Daugherty, "They [Zuckerman and her alliance members] think you're the MVP." Zuckerman caught this and started taunting Stewart, calling her "Shaniqua". This was followed by, "Oh, am I racist now? I'm racist now!" In a double eviction on Day 49, Stewart was evicted from the house, placing 11th. During her eviction speech, she stated that "this week, the game got personal" and called out fellow HouseGuest GinaMarie for "saying defamatory comments", which sparked an argument. HouseGuest Spencer Clawson then started his eviction speech in an attempt to settle the two women down after Big Brother host Julie Chen failed to assuage the dispute. After her eviction, Stewart became the first member of the Jury, meaning she was able to influence the game through voting for the winner.

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Stewart earned a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from Xavier University of Louisiana. In 2007, Candice became an NFL cheerleader for the Houston Texans. She owns a small pageant coaching and image consulting business in the Houston area. Previously, she was a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barker, Branden (June 30, 2013). "Big Brother 15 Episode 2 Recap: Week 1 Have-Nots And Nominations Named". Big Brother Network. Gravy Train Productions. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Shun F. (June 27, 2013). "Big Brother 15 Jessie & Candice Nominated For Eviction Last Night,Week 1". Gravy Train Productions. Archived from the original on July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "'Big Brother 15': Week 1 Power of Veto ceremony results – Zap2it". June 29, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Big Brother 15': The Week 2 Head of Household is ... – Zap2it". Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Spoilers: The Week 4 Have-Nots". July 19, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Spoilers: The Week 5 Have-Nots". July 26, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Spoilers: Who Won the Week 5 Power of Veto?". July 27, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ n (July 31, 2013). "Big Brother 15 Episode 15 Recap: America's New MVP Nominee Stuns The House". Big Brother Network. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Spoilers: A Secret Rebellion Is D.O.A". July 28, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "Big Brother Recap: Jessie Evicted But Could Return (8/15/13)". Nerdles. August 15, 2013. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "'Big Brother 15': Amanda gets a charitable edit during her awful fight - Zap2it". August 4, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  12. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Recap: You Don't Mess Around with Amanda". August 4, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Spoilers: Who Are the Week 6 Nominees?". August 2, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "'Big Brother 15': Week 6 nominations are ... - Zap2it". August 2, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Smith, Grady (August 7, 2013). "'Big Brother' recap: Veto, and the fall of Amanda | Season 15 Episode 18 |". Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  16. ^ "'Big Brother 15' to Feature Nine-Person Jury". August 7, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  17. ^ Ng, Philiana (August 8, 2013). "'Big Brother 15': Two Houseguests Booted in Shocking Double Eviction". Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  18. ^ "'Big Brother 15' Week 6 double eviction live blog - who is going home? - Zap2it". August 8, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  19. ^ (3 July 2013). "Update: Modeling agency drops Texas 'Big Brother' contestant after she made racial and discriminatory comments". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-07-31.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Melissa McConnell
Miss Louisiana USA
Succeeded by
Christina Cuenca