Candice Bennatt
Candice Marie Bennatt

1989 (age 32–33)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss New Mexico 2012
Miss Louisiana USA 2015
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Miss New Mexico 2012
Miss America 2013
Miss Louisiana USA 2015
Miss USA 2015
(Top 11)

Candice Marie Bennatt (born 1989) is an American lawyer and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss New Mexico 2012 and represented New Mexico at Miss America 2013 but did not place. She was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2015 and then represented Louisiana at Miss USA 2015 where she placed Top 11.

Early life

Bennatt was born in 1989 in Houston to an Italian father and a Puerto Rican mother and raised in the neighborhood of Kingwood. She has been a cheerleader for the Houston Texans.[1][2][3] She graduated from Kingwood High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in communications from Sam Houston State University; she is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans[1] with a degree in law and now runs a family law practice in Metairie, La.

Prior to the Miss USA pageant she was a promotional model and a past finalist in the Miss Darque Tan 2010 Model Search, and a past contestant with Bikini USA (2009). She was a past model with the Texas Bikini Team during the 2009/2010 season (appearing in the calendar and poster), and a past contestant for the Swimsuit USA Model Search in 2011 (placed in the first preliminary but withdrew from the state finals). As of 2015 she has disowned her past association with the promotional modeling she has done in the Houston, TX area.


Early pageantry

Bennatt became Miss Albuquerque Outstanding Teen while in high school. She won Miss Dallas in November 2011 and competed in Miss Texas and placed 4th runner-up. She also won both the Preliminary Swimwear and Overall Swimwear competitions.

Miss America 2013

Bennatt won Miss New Mexico in June 2012,[2] after which she competed in Miss America 2013.[1]

Miss USA 2015

In October 2014 she was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2015 and represented Louisiana at Miss USA 2015 where she competed to succeed the current titleholder, Nia Sanchez of Nevada, eventually finishing in the Top 11.[1][4]



  1. ^ a b c d "College of Law student will represent the state at Miss USA Pageant next year", Press Release, Loyola University New Orleans, December 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Joline Gutierrez Krueger, "Is Miss N.M. Really a Texan?", Albuquerque Journal, August 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Kathy Pierce, "Kingwood resident to compete in Miss Texas pageant" Archived 2015-07-09 at the Wayback Machine, The Tribune, June 16, 2008.
  4. ^ "Miss Ville Platte crowned Miss Louisiana USA", The Advertiser, October 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Candice M. Bennatt". Candice Bennatt Law.
Awards and achievements Preceded byBrittany Guidry Miss Louisiana USA 2015 Succeeded byMaaliyah Papillion Preceded bySarina Turnbull Miss New Mexico 2012 Succeeded byAlexis Duprey