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Playboy.com's WWE Diva Week: Candice Michelle
  • January 17, 2013 : 07:01
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Candice's journey from Wisconsin girl to Playboy model wasn't always easy. “My first year in L.A., I cried myself to sleep every night," she remembers. “I couldn't find a lob. I didn't have any friends, and I hated the freeways." So she did what every starving young fame seeker does at moments like those -- she started waitressing. "This wasn't just any res­taurant gig, though," she insists. "It was this place called Dublin's on the Sunset Strip, and they make you sub­mit a head shot with your resume."

The skills that scored her huge tips from customers are the same ones that make her so success­ful in the ring and in such movies as Dodgeball, in which she played a cheerleader. "I'm a tough, flirty kind of girl. That's just who I am,” Candice says with a glint in her eye. “I use that flirty energy to help me perform, to light up a room. Some people might think its over-the-top but it’s what comes naturally to me.”

In her silk teddy and tight weathered blue jeans, Candice – who’s part German and part Costa Rican – is softer around the edges in person than her WWE persona might suggest. She laughs easily, often at her own expense. Talking about her first big night out in the City of Angels, she blushes at how naïve she was. “A girlfriend of mine from Wisconsin and I went to this place called the Key Club and our jaws dropped to the floor the minute we stepped inside,” she says. “The first thing we saw was a dominatrix in a cage in the middle of the dance floor. I thought, This stuff doesn’t happen in Wisconsin!”

Since then she has become a dominating force herself. Candice came to the WWE in 2004 as a contestant in the RAW Diva Search. Though she lost to Christy Hemme (Playboy’s April 2005 cover girl), she was soon holding her own in pillow fights and bikini contests against some tough competition – Stacy Keibler, Hemme and others. It wasn’t long before she was battling bustier a bustier with women’s champ Trish Stratus.

Behind the scenes the Divas are more cordial, but the physical aspect of wrestling is serious and unforgiving. “We’re on tour four days a week, and we work out five days,” says Candice, who joined the WWE crew this past December for a holiday showdown for the troops in Afghanistan. She has also performed for the troops in Iraq. “The pounding on my body is for real,” she says. “I get whiplash. I get slammed. I get sore all over the place. Whoever thinks this sport is fake should get in the ring with me.”

Ultimately, Candice, who’s married to a Los Angeles chiropractor and is the “proud mom” of a Maltese named Bam Bam and a little Yorkie named Betty Boop, says she’d like to star in a feature film. We have no doubt we’ll be seeing her name in lights someday soon. But for now, when she’s not skate dancing on the Venice boardwalk, she’s putting everything she’s got into the ring.

“I don’t do anything half-assed,” she says, finally waving off a busboy. “Whether it’s in wrestling, in my relationships or in bed. I don’t want to rub anything in anybody’s face, but I know I have certain talents, and when I want something, whatever it is, I know I’m going to get it.”

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