Mikayla Wingle, lingerie football player from Tampa, among contestants on Survivor: South Pacific
Mikayla Wingle, a player on the Tampa Breeze lingerie football team and a former cover model for Playboy, is among the 16 participants announced by CBS this morning as castmembers on Survivor: South Pacific.
Wingle, 22, calls her hometown Stanhope, N.J. and spends lots of time in her "meet the castmember" video talking about how she's going to counter the stereotypes advanced by Jersey Shore. (better talk to the show's editors about that one, Miki!) See her Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.
But she landed on Playboy's February cover as a cornerback and wide receiver for the Tampa Breeze, the local team from the Lingerie Football League. Judging by her personal website, she's also worked a lot of modeling jobs across Florida.
According to CBS, there will be 18 castaways in the latest edition of Survivor, divided into two Tribes of nine: the Savaii Tribe and the Upolu Tribe, named after the two islands of Samoa. Two past Survivor contestants are scheduled to join the new crew of 18; though the network hasn't revealed their identity, fan websites predicted the two will be Ben “Coach” Wade and Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth.
Many of those same websites also correctly predicted that Brandon Hantz, the 20-year-old nephew of longtime Survivor villain Russell Hantz, would be on this cycle of of the show. That scoop was confirmed by CBS' announcement this morning.
The show, filmed months ago, debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 on WTSP-Ch. 10. Click here to to see CBS's information on the other contestants.
More information will be forthcoming on Wingle; until then, check out her contestant bio and video below.
Name (Age): Mikayla Wingle (22)
Tribe designation: Upolu
Current residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Lingerie Football Player
Personal claim to fame: I was on the cover of Playboy February 2011 and met the hard working Hugh Hefner.
Inspiration in life: My mother is my inspiration. She is a strong, independent woman who always taught me to reach for my goals in life. She raised my brother and me as a single mother and we never felt we were without anything we wanted. I can only hope to be half the mother she is.
Hobbies: I like going to Broadway plays, riding quads, camping and going to the beach. Growing up in Northern New Jersey gave me the love of being outdoors.
Pet peeves: Dishonest people, liars and people who think they are better than everyone else.
3 words to describe you: Outspoken, humorous and witty.
SURVIVOR contestant you are most like: Jane. She stands up for herself and never lets her morals go. She is a hard worker and loves her dogs just like I love my pup, Diesel.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: It is my mom’s favorite show and we have been watching since I was 10 years old. She told me that if I ever got the opportunity to be on it we would jump at the chance!
Why you think you’ll “survive” SURVIVOR: I feel that I am a strong independent woman and I know I will strive to prevail. Quitters never win and winners never quit.
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: Playing sports all my life, I feel I am a competitor at heart. I am very athletic and am very likeable. I plan to use these qualities to get me to the end!