Name: Mikayla Wingle
Current Residence: Tampa, Florida
Occupation: Lingerie Football Player
Gordon Holmes: It’s been years since I’ve played lingerie football. What’s the league like these days?
Mikayla Wingle: (Laughs) Lingerie football is awesome. Last year was great, I was playing linebacker. It was a great feeling to have a group of girls together on a team.
Holmes: Will your experience in that rough-and-tumble atmosphere help you in “Survivor”?
Wingle: Yes. I have had to be in the best tip-top position. Whether you’re O-line or D-line, you play a lot. So, I’m just so in shape. I think that physically for challenges this is going to help me a lot.
Holmes: Are you going to be a villain? You strike me as having slightly villainous ways.
Wingle: I don’t think so. I think I’m not exactly going to be a hero, I’m here to play the game. But I’m not in it to try to backstab people or make a bad name for myself. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Holmes: Any issues bending the truth when you’re out there?
Wingle: I’m probably going to be a little deceptive in this game. I have an issue with people who are very slick and try to do things behind people’s backs. If I catch something, I’m going to be the first to call somebody out. I’m probably not going to blindside people. I’m going to stay very true to my alliance.
Holmes: Along with our lingerie football background, you and I have something else in common. We both enjoy “Rocky.”
Wingle: I love “Rocky.” “Rocky” is my favorite series ever.
Holmes: Could emulating Rocky Balboa’s strength and determination help you in the game?
Wingle: Yeah, he wanted something so bad, he worked his butt off for it. He didn’t have anyone to help him. I moved to Florida from New Jersey a few years ago. And I’ve counted on myself to keep a roof over my head and food in my mouth. I’ve boosted myself up. Not only have I done lingerie football, I’ve also done the cover of Playboy. That was also a huge accomplishment for me. I think a bigger accomplishment would be winning “Survivor.” So, I’m going to try to take it home like Rocky did.
Holmes: Whoa…rewind there. You were in Playboy?
Wingle: (Laughs) The thing with Playboy was I was contacted through the league. I called my mom and the first thing I said was, “Mom, what do you think of this?” She said, “It’s a great opportunity to boost yourself and it’s a very reputable magazine. As long as you keep it classy and what you’re comfortable with.” And it just boosted so many things. That’s how I was found for this…I think. I was actually recruited for “The Amazing Race.”
Holmes: So, lingerie football, Playboy magazine…it’s safe to say that men might find you attractive. Are you willing to use your looks to your advantage?
Wingle: Of course I’ll use flirtatious ways to get ahead. That’s why they have women in the game, that’s what we have over men. We can mess with their heads and do with them what we want. Like Brenda (Lowe), she toyed with people’s heads.
“Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.
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