Candiace Dillard

Candiace Dillard is an American reality television star and entrepreneur. Her appearances on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Potomac” have made her a household name. In 2013, she was crowned Miss U.S.A. She started My Sister’s Keeper, a women’s empowerment group, in 2009, intending to allow young girls to meet with women in their communities. She is an actor and producer who has appeared in films such as “The Cure,” “Water in a Broken Glass” (2018), and “We Go Deep” (2021). Today is her big day, so let’s celebrate her right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Candiace Dillard Bassett

Birth date:

December 14, 1986



Zodiac Sign:



5' 5"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$4.5 million

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Candiace Dillard was born on December 14, 1986, in Biloxi, Mississippi. When she was born, her parents, Walter and Dorothy Dillard, were both Air Force physicians. Her two other siblings, Chris and Crystal, grew up with her in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University and served as a liaison between the White House and the African American community while working for President Barack Obama in the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. She took a job as a campaign aide for President Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012.

In 2013, Dillard won the title of Miss United States, at the age of 27, and hasn’t looked back since: She has competed in the Sunburst, National American Miss, National Miss American Coed, Georgia Miss American Coed, Miss Maryland U.S.A., Miss District of Columbia U.S.A., and Miss United States pageant systems for many years.

She is proud of her public service experience, but she considers herself an artist at heart and is no stranger to performance. She is best known for her role as a cast member on Bravo T.V.’s reality show “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” which premiered on January 17, 2016. She made her acting debut in the award-winning indie film “Water in a Broken Glass” (2018) and has since appeared as the lively Sunita Chanel in the sitcom “Family Reunion,” alongside Tia Mowry.

Dillard has also ventured into singing. Her R&B single ‘I See You’ was a commercial success. She followed it with an album, “Deep Space,” which was released on September 24, 2021. And in its first week, it received over half a million streams. It also became one of the country’s Top 25 R&B albums, charting at Number 24 on the Billboard Current R&B album list. Dillard is the founder and C.E.O. of Candiace Dillard Pageant Consulting. She is also co-founder of Prima Hair Collection by Candiace Dillard and Chateau Salon Suites. She started My Sister’s Keeper in 2009, a mentoring and women empowerment organization aimed at providing young girls with opportunities to meet with women in their communities.

Dillard is married to restaurateur Chris Bassett, whom she met at a restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C., where they both worked. Bassett proposed to her in May 2017. They had been friends for several years before the courtship grew into an undeniable love. The following year, on August 18, 2018, the couple married.

When she’s not running her various businesses, Dillard may be found studying for her master’s degree in business administration at Howard University, or snuggled up with a good book, as reading is one of her favorite pastimes.

Career timeline

She Launches an Organization

Candiace Dillard starts an organization, My Sister's Keeper, designed to give young girls the opportunity to interact with women in their communities.

She Wins Miss U.S.A.

Representing the District of Columbia, Dillard becomes the newly crowned Miss United States.

Her Pageant Consulting Firm is Launched

Dillard, a seasoned entrepreneur, launches her company Candiace Dillard Pageant Consulting, a full-service consulting firm, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Prima Hair Collection

Prima Hair Collection, L.L.C., a beauty company owned by Dillard, her sister, and her mother, is launched after she passes on her Miss United States title.

Chateau Salon Suites

Dillard co-founds Chateau Salon Suites, a company established to help train, nurture, and build a community of beauty professionals.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac”

Dillard appears as a cast member on the reality T.V. series “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” which premieres on January 17, on Bravo T.V.

She Lands Her First Movie Role

She debuts in the award-winning independent film “Water in a Broken Glass.”

Her Debut Album Drops

Dillard’s debut album, “Deep Space,” is released, and it earns more than half a million streams in its first week, reaching Number 24 on the Billboard Current R&B album chart.

Why We Love Candiace Dillard

  1. She is a good businessperson

    Candiace Dillard is not your ordinary kind of housewife. In addition to her success in entertainment, she has also built three successful businesses from scratch.

  2. She empowers young girls

    Dillard co-founded Chateau Salon Suites to help create a community of young beauty professionals. She also established an organization, My Sister's Keeper, to give young girls the opportunity to interact with women in their communities.

  3. She is growing

    Known in the past for her different altercations with cast members of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” Dillard is intentionally putting in efforts to better herself. Rather than centering herself in internet drama, she is functioning as the voice of reason. Whatever therapy she has gone through has brought her some phenomenal communication skills.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Her mom and husband have a feud

    Candiace Dillard's mom and her husband, Chris Bassett, have had disagreements throughout her time on “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” which has also affected their mom-daughter relationship as well.

  2. She attacked a co-star with a knife

    Dillard and Monique Samuels didn’t get along well, and in a show on Bravo T.V., Dillard was provoked into pointing a knife at her.

  3. Colorism contributed to fans’ reactions

    Dillard believes the backlash she’s received on the internet regarding her beef with Samuels is partly due to colorism.

  4. She is short-tempered

    Dillard gets irritated and provoked easily.

  5. Her social media presence is not huge

    A lot of people are prepared to hop online and follow “The Housewives’’ cast members’ accounts to see what type of drama might be brewing, but unlike her colleagues, Dillard maintains a modest following on social media.

Candiace Dillard FAQs

How many albums did Candiace Dillard sell?

Candiace Dillard made and sold only one album, “Deep Space,” in 2021.

Are Candiace Dillard and Gizelle friends?

Yes, Candiace Dillard and Gizelle Bryant are friends.

Does Andy Cohen like Candiace Dillard?

Candiace Dillard believes that she is Andy Cohen’s least favorite star in “The Housewives of Potomac.”

Candiace Dillard’s birthday dates

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