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One of my favorite songs as a kid was Cameo’s “Candy,” song. For the most part, it was because lead singer, Larry Blackmon, had a funny voice. But when you’re five-years-old and you’re hearing a song about your favorite food, it’s hard not to take notice. The same can be said for Kandice “Kandi” Courseault. The SoCal sexy siren has eyes that just make you wish for a taste of her Hershey’s kisses.

As Ms. Courseault continues to build her resumé, the 28-year-old beauty uses her spare time to find personal reflection in all things sexy. Her first interview with Beauty & Brains certainly won’t be the last you hear from the beautiful Leo. As she sits down with us, your personal sweet tooth talks about why you don’t need brains to model, how she would get “closer” to Bill Gates and how her “Michael Jackson” experience is coming very soon!

Beauty & Brains: This is definitely not meant to offend or disrespect you in any way, but how smart do you have to be in order to model?
Kandice Courseault:
You don’t. That’s the thing about it. I understand modeling from a business standpoint. If you do look good and you are well-spoken, you can exploit your talent for other opportunities. I used to do promotional modeling. I would do stuff for Playboy and other places that do parties. Afterwards people wanted to see more of me, so then I wanted to see how it was in front and behind the camera.

A lot of people want to see me because I appeal to both audiences. I have the exotic look that brings people in. White people love me because I have big boobs and a medium-sized butt. You don’t have to have brains [to model], but it definitely helps you to be smarter than average model. These girls, they don’t see the business side of it. They’re in it for some cute pictures. I’m taking girls off the street, sending them on to do their own work; trying to build their career and that’s how I’m thinking about this game. I feel like if they’re going to pay for it, then that’s what they’ll get for it. Not everyone can do that. [Laughs]

B&B: There is a subtle shift in the game where’s it’s not just big booties and headless models in music videos. Ultimately, what is the goal for models in the entertainment industry?
Honestly, I don’t see that, Kevin… When I market myself to urban markets, they say that my features are mulatto. I’m French and black, so what am I to do? I think that if the black market wants me, then that’s fine, but it’s a struggle to get them to work with you. Ultimately, my goal is to exploit the opportunities while I can, I know that this business is based on your physical appearance, but when that day comes to where I can’t do it anymore; I would love to be an agent for other models.

B&B: Having a little bit of fun – you heard Ne-Yo’s “Closer” song, yet?
Yeah, I love that song…

B&B: It’s a pretty upbeat track, but the lyrics are what really pull your attention. So, if you could “own” anyone – like said in the song – who would it be and why?
I’d own myself to be honest with you. I can control myself. Through self-control I can own. But if I could “own” anyone, then I’d own Bill Gates. I’m waiting for my own personal Michael Jackson experience.

B&B: So, Cali girl, there seems to be a lot of y’all who are gorgeous out there – does that ever get old?
No, not to me. I love things that appeal to my eyes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s male or female, I can look at beautiful people all day.

B&B: Where are the best places to see pretty people in California?
Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Vegas are some of my favorite spots where you can see that at any time.

B&B: Why choose California over anywhere else? Pretty girl like yourself can probably make a way out of wet paper bag still with your make-up in tact…
I was born and raised here. So, I just planted my roots here. I’ll tell you, Kevin, when you come out here, I can take you to the desert and in an hour we’ll be at the beach.

B&B: I read your interview with Pulp Magazine and you’re a very intelligent person. Is that one thing that people overlook when dealing with you?
I think that they overlook it, but when they talk to me, I actually draw them in more. I show up to interviews and auditions, they’re just captivated. That gave me the indication that most people who meet me are receiving me. They know that I have the right attitude and I believe that. The most flattering remark that I’ve gotten was from a photographer. He said that I’d be the next Vida Guerra. Sean Cummings said that I’ll definitely make it in this industry. When those people come out and say that you got it, then maybe I can do this. That’s why I wanted to do Beauty & Brains on HipHopDX. I wanted to put myself out there to be seen. I’ll be selective in the moves that I make, but this is a great opportunity to put myself out there into the urban market. KING, Smooth, Black Men’s – those magazines won’t touch you unless you’ve been in a video and I’m dedicated to making my name one that you won’t forget.

Want to have a ‘Michael Jackson’ experience of your own? Be sure to check Kandice Courseault out on her MySpace page [click here].

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