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Desi Williams
S35 Desi Williams
Contestant Profile
Born: June 14, 1989 (1989-06-14) (age 28)[1]
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Occupation: Phyiscal Therapist
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Tribe(s): Soko
► Levu
Solewa
Finish: 11/18
Challenge Wins: 8
Votes Against: 11
Days Lasted: 21
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Desiree "Desi" Williams is a contestant from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

A quiet member of the original Soko tribe, Desi proved to be a resilient and strategic player, aligning with former enemy Joe Mena to survive the Tribe Switch and winning the first Immunity Challenge following the merge. However, these traits ultimately made her a target. Following a tie vote between herself and Joe, she was voted out 7-1.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Age: 27
Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga.
Current residence: Newport News, Va.
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Hobbies: Traveling the world, participating in pageants, and going to the gym.
Pet peeves: I can't stand people who are all talk. I work my butt off every day so I have little patience for laziness. I expect to see results and have no problem calling someone out if they don't deliver.
Three words to describe you: Congenial, forthright, and unremitting.
What's your personal claim to fame? I became an assistant professor at the age of 26 and a program director at the age of 27. They don't just hand out those titles to anyone.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My grandmother. A survivor of the Great Depression, the civil right's movement, a divorce, and her second husband's fatal illness, she demonstrated unmatched resilience, resolve, and compassion. But above all, she played as hard as she worked and literally lived each day to the fullest. In honor of her legacy, I attempt to live my life without regrets.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? First would be Chapstick because there's nothing sexy or seductive about cracked lips (arguably, this could be survival related since it would hinder my ability to seduce the opposite sex). Second would be an unlimited supply of food because I've seen the show and those people get hangry quick! Finally, a masseuse because I love being pampered.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Tasha from Season 28. Though Tasha was casted for the "brains" tribe, she had the social skills of the beauty tribe and certainly the strength of the brawn tribe. She played a good game and was undoubtedly a fierce, physical competitor. I was able to relate to Tasha because I also think I'll be a physical, social, and cognitive threat.
What's your reason for being on Survivor: Winning one million dollars! Professionally and personally, I don't love where I am and would be so grateful for a clear path out. I've also told the people close to me that I'd love to spend some time living out of a backpack, traveling, and showering only a few times a week... so being on Survivor would be a dream come true.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Charm, wit, beauty, mental fortitude, physical strength—all of these traits and more will ensure I'm the Sole Survivor. Already in good shape, I will show up on the island the strongest, quickest, most powerful and agile I've ever been. Borrowing from my childhood love of puzzles and games or logic and strategy, my mental sharpness will be at its peak. A natural academician, I will arrive having not only watched, but studied the game. If you combine those traits with my will to win and my expertise in gaining feigned camaraderie, I'm nearly unbeatable.[2]

Survivor

Originally a member of the Soko tribe, Desi did not face tribal council for the first 8 days as Soko won the first three challenges. Both Desi and Joe Mena were switched to Levu after the Tribe Switch. At the following tribal council, Desi and Joe voted for Alan Ball, and Joe used his Hidden Immunity Idol to blindside Alan. Despite voting with Joe, she soon considered flipping on Joe which she did tell Ashley Nolan.

Desi reached the merge. She managed to win the first immunity challenge. At tribal council, she along with the other former Soko members voted for Chrissy Hofbeck but former Soko Jessica Johnston was blindsided leaving Desi on the outs. At the following tribal council, Desi voted for Lauren Rimmer, and both she and Joe ended up tied with 4 votes each. In the revote, Desi was vote out in a 7-1 vote.

Voting History

Desi's Voting History
Episode Desi's
Votes
Voted Against
Desi
1 Soko Tribe Immune
2 Soko Tribe Immune
3 Soko Tribe Immune
4 Alan -
5 Levu Tribe Immune
6 Levu Tribe Immune
7 Chrissy Individual Immunity
8 Lauren;
Ineligible
Ben, Devon, JP, Ryan;
Ashley, Ben, Cole,
Devon, JP, Mike, Ryan
1
Voted Off, Day 21
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In Playing with the Devil, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Desi and Joe, forcing a revote. Ashley, Cole, and Mike changed their votes to Desi on the revote, eliminating her from the game.

Post-Survivor

Trivia

  • Desi was crowned Miss Virginia 2013 and then went on to win Miss Virginia USA in 2016[3]
  • Desi is the first African–American contestant to win the first post-merge individual Immunity Challenge of any season.
    • Jolanda Jones in Palau and G.C. Brown in Gabon also won the first individual Immunity Challenge of their respective seasons, though these challenges were held pre-merge.
  • Desi is the highest placing female member of the original Soko tribe.
  • Desi lost seven pounds during her time on Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.[4]

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