Tampa lingerie ballplayer joins next cast of 'Survivor'

Mikayla Wingle, a lingerie football player for the Tampa Breeze, is one of the 18 castaways set to compete in Survivor: South Pacific. The 23rd installment of the series premieres Sept. 14.

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Mikayla Wingle, a lingerie football player for the Tampa Breeze, is one of the 18 castaways set to compete in Survivor: South Pacific. The 23rd installment of the series premieres Sept. 14.

Is it a sign that lingerie football has arrived, or a hint that CBS is trying some, um, edgier things to get viewers watching this fall?

That's a question some viewers may enjoy pondering, as Playboy model and Tampa lingerie football player Mikayla Wingle joins 15 other contestants on the fall cycle of CBS' Survivor: South Pacific.

Wingle, 22, calls her hometown Stanhope, N.J., and talks a lot in preview videos of countering the Garden State stereotypes powering MTV's hit Jersey Shore. (Better talk to the show's editors about that one, Miki!)

But Wingle also landed on Playboy's February cover as a cornerback and wide receiver for the Tampa Breeze, the local team from the Lingerie Football League.

And judging by her personal website, she has also worked a lot of modeling jobs across Florida, making her the default hometown favorite for Tampa Bay area Survivor fans.

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.

Still unnamed: the two Survivor alumni scheduled to join the South Pacific cycle, though fan websites predicted the pair 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 the show — a scoop confirmed by CBS' cast announcement Monday morning.

CBS declined to make Wingle available for interviews. But past newspaper articles indicate she was a standout basketball and softball player in high school, before tasking her talents to the LFL.

"In sports, if you don't like someone, you can be rude as you want to them," she said in a preview video, outlining her strategy to build a strong alliance quickly and lie to everyone else. "This game, you can't. You gotta pretend to like that person."

The show, filmed months ago, debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 on WTSP-Ch. 10.

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Below are a few excerpts from CBS' contestant biography of Mikayla Wingle:

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.

Pet peeves: Dishonest people, liars and people who think they are better than everyone else.

Survivor contestant you are most like: Jane (Bright, of Survivor Nicaragua and Redemption Island). She stands up for herself and never lets her morals go.

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!

Tampa lingerie ballplayer joins next cast of 'Survivor' 08/22/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2011 9:54pm]

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