At the age of 19, Candice Michelle moved to Los Angeles, CA and became a fitness model. A few years later, she started to appear in many movies and TV shows. Her movie roles include parts in Tomcats, Dodgeball, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Her television appearances include 7th Heaven, Party of Five, Hang Time, The Man Show, and Monk. In 2004, Candice Michelle competed in the first annual WWE Diva Search. Despite not winning the contest, she secured a role with the company.
Outside of wrestling, she is known as the Go Daddy Girl, performing in the company's annual Super Bowl commercials. She also posed for a cover and nude pictorial in the April 2006 issue of Playboy. At Vengeance in 2007, she defeated Melina to win her first WWE Women's Championship and became the first former Diva Search contestant to win the coveted WWE title.
Beth Phoenix then became the number one contender for the Women's Title after winning a Diva battle royal at SummerSlam. At the Unforgiven pay-per-view, however, Candice successfully retained her title in their match by countering one of Phoenix's moves with a crucifix pin. At No Mercy on October 7, Candice dropped the title to Phoenix, ending her reign as Women's Champion. On October 22, Candice cracked her clavicle during her rematch for the Women's Title against Phoenix in a two out of three falls match; Phoenix pushed herself into the ropes, causing Candice to fall off of the turnbuckle onto her head, neck and shoulders and putting her out of action for 14 weeks.