Candace Amber Owens Farmer, professionally known as Candace Owens, was born in Stamford, Connecticut, United States on April 29, 1989. Her parents divorced when she was young so she was raised by her paternal grandparents.
Neither Barack Obama nor Donald Trump got Owens’ vote in 2012 and in 2016, respectively. She was initially very critical of Trump and the Republican Party but she eventually became a supporter of the party and the 45th U.S. president.
In 2017, Owens told Libertarian political personality Dave Rubin that she became a conservative overnight after realizing that liberals were actually the racists and the trolls. In 2018, she received praises from Trump and Kanye West.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Connecticut president Scot X. Esdaile helped Owens when she, at the age of 17, was the victim of an alleged hate crime. A decade later, he was surprised to know that she became a conservative who does not support the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We’re very saddened and disappointed in her,” Esdaile said of Owens in an interview with Mic in 2018. “It seems to me that she’s now trying to play to a different type of demographic.”
In December 2018, Owens and George Farmer, son of England’s Michael Stahel Farmer, Baron Farmer, met at the launch of the right-wing student group Turning Point UK in the United Kingdom. They lived in a rented apartment in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA and got married in August 2019 at Trump Winery on Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
On September 6, 2019, Liberty University, a private in Lynchburg, Virginia, welcomed Owens and Farmer to the Convocation stage . Here are 13 more facts about her:
- She is critical of feminism, the Me Too movement and the Black Lives Movement.
- She supports same-sex marriage and is against abortion and welfare.
- She is a registered member of the National Rifle Association.
- She claimed that on February 3, 2007, while she was a senior in Stamford High School at Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, she received three racist death threat voice mail messages that were traced to a car in which 29th Stamford mayor Dannel Malloy’s son was present.
- Her family sued the Stamford Board of Education in federal court for not protecting her rights and with the help of NAACP Connecticut, the family received a settlement of $37,500 from the board in January 2008.
- She entered the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA in 2007 to pursue a degree in journalism but left after her junior year.
- In 2010, she started working at Vogue magazine.
- In 2012, she took a job as an administrative assistant for a private equity firm in Manhattan, New York, USA and was eventually promoted as the vice president of administration of the company.
- In 2015, she resigned from the private equity firm in Manhattan and created her own company called Degree180, a marketing agency that offered consultation, production and planning services.
- In 2016, she launched
- In October 2018, she and the presidential campaign for Trump’s reelection in 2020 launched the Blexit movement to encourage African Americans to abandon the Democratic Party and register as Republicans and claimed that West designed merchandise for the movement, which he denied.
- From 2017 to 2019, she served as the communications director of the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA.
- On January 14, 2019, Nathan Bernard took to Twitter to post a copy of a lawsuit showing that she rented a $3,500 apartment from 2016 to 2017, lived there for six months rent-free, claimed she had gotten toxic mold sickness and threatened to sue her landlord to avoid paying rent.