Everyone seems to have their favorites when it comes to a Survivor theme, whether it’s bringing back old favorites for a second chance or pitting different tribes against each other based on “brawn” vs. “brains” vs. “beauty.” Regardless of the theme, casting directors for Survivor definitely understand the appeal of including young, fit, and beautiful females on the show. While the environment is designed to be grueling for the contestants, viewers are treated with a variety of scantily clad beach bodies frolicking and competing.
While there have been some truly natural beauties on the show, oftentimes viewers don’t get to see how hot they really are until they make it onto the jury or the show ends. There have been a few contestants that have gone to Tribal Council after being kicked off, and the transformation is pretty astounding. Although it probably sucks to get voted out, it must be nice to finally take a shower, wear clean clothes, and spend the night at whatever hotel the show puts you in (with a working hair dryer, no less).
The female cast members that have made it onto the show range from every age, background, and nationality. In fact, the show seems to thrive in bringing all different types of characters into the Survivor environment, and testing their abilities. While not all of them have made it into the winner’s circle, there have been a select few that have definitely made it onto the list for top 10 hottest female cast members from Survivor.
10. Elisabeth (Filarski) Hasselbeck
While many know Elisabeth Hasselbeck for her time on The View as co-host, the ultra conservative television personality she portrayed on daytime TV was quite a change from her stint on Survivor. As part of Season 2, Survivor: The Australian Outback, Elisabeth had the privilege of being on the series early on in the franchise. While there were some moments of definite schemes and manipulation, her time on the show didn’t seem to taint her reputation in the eyes of the public. While she was voted out a single step away from Final Three, she still pretty much won since she ended up marrying an NFL quarterback and went on to become a respected television personality in her own right.
9. Jaclyn Schultz
Competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur, Jaclyn Schultz entered the competition with then-boyfriend Jon Misch on a season that was themed Blood vs. Water. While neither ended up winning the competition, Jaclyn at least made it to the finale. Showing off a swimmer’s body with well-defined abs, this tan blonde was the perfect embodiment of a California surf girl. While on the show she seemed like the type of girl that simply didn’t need any makeup or frills, fans got to see how well she cleaned up during the live reunion special. Not only did it catch the eye of some of the show’s longtime fans, but it also landed her a spread in People Magazine once she married Jon Misch.
8. Stephenie LaGrossa
With three different appearances on Survivor, Stephenie LaGrossa has made quite an impression with viewers over the years. As one of the most popular players to ever compete on the series, this may have actually worked against her since she never actually went on to win. However, after the show she went on to become a successful business owner, host and radio personality. While other show hotties had a more demure and girl-next-door look, Stephenie embodied sex appeal with a style that is more reminiscent of Carmen Electra than Britney Spears. Showing off on the “Blue” carpet at the 10-year anniversary party for Survivor, she proved that she hasn’t lost the body or the looks since she first appeared on Survivor: Palau.
7. Parvati Shallow
Parvati Shallow was another fan favorite on Survivor, and competed on the show on three separate seasons. However, she was also a divisive character that either made audiences love her or hate her. Taking home the win on Survivor: Micronesia, Parvati used her looks to her advantage by befriending allies along the way. Mixing sparkling blue eyes with dark auburn hair, she offered a smoldering look that was only further enhanced by her killer body. CBS seemed to mirror the fans’ love of Parvati, and gave her a couple different roles after she left the show. Hosting a popular web series and starring on Around the World For Free, Parvati is one of the network’s all-time favorite cast members.
6. Jenna Morasca
While Jenna Morasca has appeared on Survivor three times and also CBS’s The Amazing Race, it was her appearance on Survivor: The Amazon that really put her on the map. Her close alliance with fellow cast member, Heidi Strobel, gave many viewers “wet dreams,” literally, since there were numerous scenes showing the duo bathing and showering together. Capitalizing on her sexuality, she wound up posing for Playboy after the show in a Survivor-themed photoshoot. However, it was the impromptu stripping moment that showed fans how far she would go for some peanut butter and chocolate that really made Jenna stand out from the pack.
5. Amanda Kimmel
As a former pageant princess, Amanda Kimmel went into Survivor as the typical beauty thrown into a beach scenario for the purposes of drawing in male viewers. Competing in the Miss Earth pageant, she was the perfect addition for a show all about surviving in nature. Her background in pageantry showed just how savvy she could be in creating alliances and gaining fans, and she ended up competing on three separate seasons of the show. While she never took home the title of being the sole survivor, she did take home the hearts of viewers with her natural good looks and sparkling light eyes.
4. Candace Smith
Candace Smith isn’t the average beauty queen turned Survivor contestant. With a law background and as an accomplished model and actress, Candace Smith definitely made the most out of her 15 minutes of fame on Survivor. Exuding natural sex-appeal, Candace had a ready-made bikini body with a bust that didn’t quit. Her hairstyle has changed over the years, going from short to long, her beautifully sculpted features prove she can look smokin’ hot even with a tomboy haircut. While most of her roles in Hollywood seem to be behind the scenes, like working as the Director for Recruiting on The Millionaire Matchmaker, fans can still catch a glimpse of Candace now and again if you know where to look.
3. Amber Mariano
When competing on Survivor, Amber Mariano was known as the super hot Amber Brkich from Survivor: The Australian Outback. She posed in a spread for Stuff Magazine that showed fans just how hot she really was when all dolled up. Topless and laying with dollar bills strewn around, she quickly became a contestant to watch out for when returning to the series. It’s no wonder Boston Rob took a liking to her, and made sure to get her to the finale. While he may not have won the grand prize, he did ultimately win Amber’s heart and the pair married in 2005.
2. Natalie Tenerelli
As one of the youngest contestants to make it to the finale on Survivor, Natalie Tenerelli embodied the girl-next-door throughout her season on Survivor: Redemption Island. Aligning herself early on with Rob Mariano, aka ‘Boston Rob,’ she managed to stay under the radar for the duration of the season, and even made it to the finale. However, her youth got the best of her when it came to addressing the jury. While Rob ended up winning the season, she captured the hearts of millions of young men fantasizing about the cute girl-next-door trapped on Survivor. While some criticized her for “not thinking for herself,” she maintained she was proud at how far she lasted on the show, and ingratiated herself into the hearts of Survivor fans.
1. Danni Boatwright
While we may not be in Kansas anymore, Danni Boatwright made millions of Americans wish they were. As Miss Kansas for Miss Teen USA and Miss USA, she has a homespun look that bodes well with those in search for a mature beauty. She ultimately won the eleventh season of Survivor, but true success came after the show. Becoming a hugely popular host, spokesperson, and radio personality; she even landed a former NFL ball player for a husband. With dark hair, sparkling eyes, and a smile that embodies “Pageant Queen,” Danni Boatwright is a definite Survivor hottie that will live on in infamy.