Whenever I watch Australian Survivor, I find myself unable to ignore one, overwhelming issue: hygiene.
I just have so many questions.
At least five times an episode I turn to my husband with a question that he, of course, does not have the answer to.
So I decided to chat to former Survivor contestant Nicola ‘Ziggy’ Zagame, about what it’s really like living in the jungle, on TV, without a toilet.
Ziggy, who appeared on the 2017 season of Survivor, finished sixth. She’s a former Olympic water polo player, which made her a particularly strong contender. Here’s what she said about the behind-the-scenes reality of the show.
What happens when contestants get their period?
Ziggy: Tampons are allowed, but these are kept at camp and are just as exposed as anything else on the island. Let’s just say that that time of the month wasn’t great.
Why do the female contestants seem to have no body hair?
Ziggy: I had laser hair removal about seven years ago now, so that’s why I didn’t have hair myself and I know a few of the girls in my season had it too. I think maybe the girls with hair just hide it quite well and it isn’t shown as much on TV as viewers would think. There were certainly some hairy pits out there, but I never noticed it watching the episodes myself.
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What was the hardest thing to go without?