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Candice Huffine Brought All The Sass To Our Cover Shoot

Here's a behind-the-scenes insider's look at our November/December 2016 cover shoot with supermodel—and runner—Candice Huffine.

Hot for Huffine

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On a perfect fall day in Brooklyn, N.Y., supermodel Candice Huffine showed up to a factory-turned-photo-studio ready to turn up the heat. After training for her first race ever last spring , she has become a total running devotee and is eager to pay it forward by encouraging other women to follow her lead. Huffine’s magnetic personality, warm energy and sweet dance moves made us more than happy to be in her presence as we attempted to capture her glow.

Total Pro

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She might be a relative beginner when it comes to running, but modeling is a different story. Photographer James Farrell and hair-and-makeup artist Julia Dalton-Brush had a pretty easy day! After nailing pose after pose, our editor in chief joked, “So you’ve done this before?” Huffine smiled. “Only for 16 years of my life!”

Lorna Lover

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Huffine revealed her go-to running shoes are Brooks Glycerin—she likes something with a cushioned sole. When it comes to apparel, her new favorite brand is Aussie athletic company Lorna Jane. On a recent work trip down under, Huffine says she stocked up at a local store. “I just had to forget the exchange rate for the time being,” she says with a laugh—Lorna’s clothes aren’t cheap!

Basic Black

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The model’s off-duty-runner look is basic black. She came to the studio wearing the color from head to toe. But Huffine was happy to experiment with different shades and patterns on set. Her favorite “it’s so good” outfit: Lorna Jane Sporty Bomber Jacket ($120, lornajane.com), Under Armour Mid- Breathe sports bra ($35, underarmour. com), Lululemon Wunder Under Pant Hi-Rise ($98, lululemon.com) and Adidas Ultra Boost ($180, adidas.com).

Warm-Up

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Striding in front of the camera for countless takes provided a little last-minute training for the runner in preparation for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon. Three days later, Huffine and her husband, Matt Powers, smiled through all 13.1 miles of the race, which happened to mark the couple’s wedding anniversary. Afterward, Powers wrote, “Five years and thousands of miles around the world together made this 13.1 a breeze.” Aww!

Perfect Pics

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Huffine kills when the camera turns on—that’s part of her job! The talk on set turned to on-course photography and the model revealed that even she has hilariously bad race-day photos. She brought up one she had recently posted on Instagram with the caption, “This is the face of relief, a thousand OMG’s and somewhere in there, pride. It won’t always be perfect or easy, but I can guarantee you it will always be fun and you’ll be on cloud nine after.” We love this attitude—fitting for a woman who for her first race wore a shirt that read, “F*** Being Perfect.”