Concepts such as Man vs. Wild, Dual Survival, Naked and Afraid and Man, Woman, Wild allow modern citizens to leave their lives behind to test out their survival skills in the wild – but if you’re a fan of these shows, you’ll know that there is one show missing from this list. Of course, we’re talking about Survivor!
Survivor first debuted onto our screens in 2001 and was created after the success of the Swedish survival reality TV show, Expedition Robinson. After realizing that people were more than willing to ditch their old lives in favor of a desert island, limited food and water, and little else, as well as realizing that viewers were more than happy to watch these exploits, CBS decided to commission an American version of the show. It seems as though this risk paid off, as Survivor has since entertained millions of people across the globe. Hosted by Jeff Probst, the premise of the show is fairly simple – because it’s all about a simple way of life! Featuring men and women from across America, the producers of this show turn their lives upside down when they dump them on a desolate island in the middle of nowhere.
It’s their mission to survive in the wild on almost nonexistent resources, where they have to forage for their own food, create their own shelter from the land, and make a fire to survive. As if that wasn’t bad enough, these contestants also have to complete grueling tasks that will determine the weakest links from the groups – and those that don’t succeed face elimination from the island and a trip back to civilization. As the numbers on the island begin to dwindle, the race is on to decide who will be the “Sole Survivor” and the winner of a whopping $1 million.
Over the years, Survivor has proved the stereotype that men are stronger than women completely wrong. Not only have these women proved their physical strength to complete the challenges and dominate the competition, but they have also proved they had the mental capabilities to win over their frenemies and stay in the game. In fact, many of these women took the title as the Sole Survivor – but have you ever wondered what they’ve been up to since their island days? This is what the women of Survivor look like now…