This is the perfect week to get some inspiration from the incredible curve fashion model Candice Huffine. Now helming her very first athletic apparel line – Day/Won – Huffine is no doubt an all-around role model to women everywhere. In this exclusive interview, she explained the work that needs to be done in terms of American women having a healthy body image, gave us her beauty routines and let us in on this secret: Your only competition should be with yourself. Read the full interview, and see the stunning photoshoot…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Eggs Benedict and endless cold brew to start.
Every single dish at Xixa in Williamsburg with mezcal margaritas.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Finding something to be happy about, smile for, and have fun doing everyday is key for me. Also running, which is still new to my life, but vital for mental clarity and wellness. Feeling solid on the inside shines through on the outside!
What was one thing you always were insecure about? How did you overcome it?
I’ve always been insecure about my stomach since a young age. I felt at some points it was the size of a tire around my midsection, an exaggeration made up only in my head as we know that sometimes we see things differently and more dramatically than anyone else ever could. I overcame this insecurity by adopting a “throw my hands up and get on with life” attitude.
This came from years of wanting to be in a bikini on the beach to get the perfect tan and an aha moment after training for my first marathon this year. I looked in the mirror one day and realized I was in the best physical shape of my life and my little tummy pooch remained with me. It’s a part of my shape, and I’ve learned to embrace it and even love it.
What advice would you give young women grappling with their own insecurities?
My advice is to put in the work to overcome them. Really dive in and talk to yourself even. Be kind and patient. There is no one-stop-shop secret or diet that can magically make you love every part of you overnight, but I can tell you from experience, turning your negative thoughts into positive ones changes everything, so put in the time and give yourself that chance.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
Could you tell us a bit about your new athletic apparel line? What inspired it?
Absolutely! I’m so proud to have launched my brand Day/Won just a few months ago! I’ve dreamt of designing for as long as I’ve been a model and with my newfound love of running, my two passions have literally collided and I’m so excited to share it with all women. Day/Won is a size inclusive activewear line ranging from 0-32 and sustainably made in the United States from recycled materials. The ethos of the line is to inspire women to seek out and do whatever makes them feel their absolute best – and make it a priority everyday. Taking time to focus on yourself and feel your most accomplished, empowered and happy is, in my eyes, the ultimate DAY WON!
What work needs to be done in terms of American women having a healthy body image?
True commitment from all media to cast a diverse range of women so that everyone feels represented and celebrated. Unless all beauty is shown, women will constantly think they are not up to par with the one portrayal regularly splashed across our advertisements, magazines and television. It’s not only a simple fix, it’s an imperative one to all women and our future generations.
What’s a beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years?
Always washing my face before bed and classic Maybelline Great Lash mascara in the pink tube!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
Best: Your only competition is with yourself.
Worst: You HAVE to do this.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
Warm, tropical places with blue waters and chill vibes!
I preferably don’t travel to these sexy beaches without my love Matt Powers, but obviously for work that’s not an option, so with that said…running shoes.
Do you have a new year’s resolution? If so, what will it be?
I never really believed in resolutions until 2016 when I actually made one. I made the goal of running a half marathon, actually signed up for it, trained by butt of and accomplished it. I never really liked resolutions because I felt they encouraged us to be different than the year before, however, with a new outlook I realize they have the power to get you out of your comfort zone and unlock qualities in you that may have lay dormant before. For example, I didn’t just make a goal to run. I vowed to stop saying “I can’t” and just DO, and that set me up for one of the greatest years of my life. So with that said, whats next right? This years resolution has big shoes to fill so I am vowing to explore new sports and challenges that intrigue me and may have scared me in the past. First up, Muay Thai fighting! I’m also planning to create a community for women within Day/Won to inspire them to take the steps forward to live their most happy, empowered life.
If you could give us an original quote to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
“Can I get a side of bacon?”
Also: “Let’s make this a day won.”