Candace Collins Jordan began her career at age 13 in St. Louis, Mo. as the youngest fashion coordinator in the history of major retailer Famous-Barr. At the age of 19, she became a Bunny at the St. Louis Playboy Club and was quickly promoted to the Chicago Playboy Club, the center of Playboy Enterprises. Upon arrival in Chicago she moved into the original Playboy Mansion at 1340 N. State Parkway while Hugh Hefner (Hef) was in residence.
In 1976, she was named Chicago’s Playboy Bunny of the Year and appeared on the first live televised international pageant on ABC. In 1979, she became Playboy’s December centerfold and has made numerous appearances in the past three decades as one of the most popular playmates ever to grace the magazine.
In addition, as one of Chicago’s top models in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, Candace appeared on over 20 magazine covers including seven for Playboy (three American, four international). Her famous “Eyes” cover (February 1980) was one of the best selling issues of all time and won a “National Marketing Bestseller” award for Playboy. A billboard in Times Square for JVC featured Candace as did several best selling pin-up posters for various companies including many for Anheuser Busch. She also appeared in the classic film “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise.
After serving as a stylist and fashion editor for a Chicago woman’s magazine and being named one of the “Most Fashionable Women in Chicago” by Chicago Social, Candace is now well known for her successful blog found at www.candidcandace.com which covers the social scene, parties, top restaurants, events, retailers, hotels and all the best to be found in Chicago and beyond. Also see blog posts from Candace at www.ChicagoNow.com/CandidCandace.Additionally, Candid Candace can be found on the LA Splash website as well as on the Playboy Playmate’s website.
Candace is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors including co-founding "Couture & Cocktails," a major and now popular event benefitting the Joffrey Ballet Company where she also serves as Vice President of the Women’s Board. This September 25th she co-chaired her fourth Couture & Cocktails at Chicago’s famous Palmer House Hotel. She is also a co-chair for the Joffrey Circle for 2010.
In March 2010, she was profiled in Chicago magazine with a feature titled the “Belle of the Blog.” On April 16th, Victory Gardens Theater premiered a play she had written for their “Chicago Stories” annual fundraiser called “A Facebook Fairytale,” which was a story of romance in the world of social media. Famed theater critic Richard Christianson called it “a fresh, new source of social satire.”
Candace’s endeavors include:
• Co-chairing the Service Club Ball in 2008
• Co-chairing "World Festival" for Chef Art Smith's charity, Common Threads, in 2008 and 2010; she is now a member of the Board of Directors
• Member of steering committee which brought the ballroom dance program to Chicago Public Schools
• Member of the Development Board of PAWS
• Member of the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum
• Member of the Parkways Foundation
• Member of the Board of Managers of the Service Club of Chicago
• Chairing Macy’s Glamorama 2010 benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities.
• Member of the Inaugural Women’s Auxiliary Board for Ronald McDonald House in 2010
• Gala Committee Member for the Gene Siskel Film Center Tribute to Robert Downey, Jr. in 2010
• Honorary Co-Chair for Old Town Triangle Association’s “First Sight” Kick-Off Party Benefitting the 61st Annual Old Town Art Fair in 2010
• Host Committee member for Howard Brown Health Center “Garden of Eve” fundraiser in 2010
• Host Committee member for “Chefs and the City” event benefitting Vital Bridges in 2010
• Named one of five “Bold & Beautiful Women” by Chicago magazine and Kohler in 2010
• Named one of five “Chicago Style Setters” by TCW in 2010
• Named a “Style Icon” by Shore Magazine in 2010.
• Named a “Style Trendsetter” by ME: In Focus Magazine in 2010
• Co-founding the Joffrey Ballet’s “Couture & Cocktails”
• Vice-President of the Joffrey Ballet’s Women’s Board
• 2010 Co-Chair for the Joffrey Circle
• Co-host for Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Party in Chicago
• Named “Who’s Who in Chicago” at event hosted by CS magazine, Raymi Productions and CeCe & Melinda in 2010
• 2010 Inspired Award Honoree—hosted by TCW, Grace PR and Charles Ifergan Salons
• Member of the Diamond Host Committee for the Aparecio Foundation Gala in 2010
• Host Committee member for Latino Fashion Week in 2009 and 2010
• Victory Gardens Theatre “Chicago Stories” 2010 Celebrity Playwright
• 2010 “Woman With Heart” Honoree for Chicago’s “Hearts-A-Bluhm" citywide awareness campaign for heart disease
• “A Toast to Chicago’s Finest” honoree (one of 20 women) in 2010
• Co-Chair for Victory Gardens’ “Chicago Stories” Gala in 2011
• “Top 10 Cheeky Chicks of 2011” Named Top Philanthropist by CheekyChicago.com
• Host Committee member for Center on Halsted’s Annual Oscar Party in 2011
Candace and Chuck, her husband of 21 years, collect rare books and antiques and have been featured in many publications with their amazing collections. They live in Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle in the Armour Carriage House with their two adored Chihuahuas, Mickey and Rooney.
Contact Candace at Candace@CandidCandace.com.
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