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Brenda Lowe is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua and Survivor: Caramoan.

Known for using her charm and looks to her advantage in Nicaragua, Brenda took charge of the La Flor tribe along with her ally, Sash Lenahan, forming the dominant La Flor Alliance that controlled both the La Flor tribe and the early votes after the merge. Ultimately, her strategic gameplay threatened even her allies, leading to her blindside.

In Caramoan, Brenda was appreciably less conniving, forming several genuine friendships and emerging as one of the most well-liked and honest players of the season. After a deep run as a member of the dominating Stealth R Us alliance, this persona led to her again becoming identified as a significant threat, resulting in an emotionally-charged blindside.


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Name: Brenda Lowe (27)
Tribe: La Flor
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning a Hispanic beauty pageant. I was the lamb among the Latin wolves.
Inspiration in Life: Living by the saying- "There's only one way to find out!"
Hobbies: Paddle boarding, mountain biking, swimming.
Pet Peeves: Complainers and people who don't take action!
3 Words to Describe You: Smart, sarcastic, straight-forward.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy- I wish!
Reason for being on Survivor: $1,000,000 + it looks like a lot of F U N.

Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: Easy, I'm a natural winner. I'm not scared of anything and nothing stops me when I get an idea in my head.[1]

Name (Age): Brenda Lowe (30)
Tribe Designation: Bikal
Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning an Hispanic beauty pageant.
Inspiration in Life: My parents.
Hobbies: Paddleboarding, fishing and biking.
Pet Peeves: Weakness of character.
3 Words to Describe You: Straight-forward, smart and independent.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) A picture of my fiancé. 2) A picture of my family. 3) My favorite yellow bunny.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy Lusth – young, athletic, driven and focused.
Reason for Being on Survivor: To win one million dollars.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm outdoorsy and have a positive attitude.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have played before and learned from my mistakes. I am more mature, more focused and have more on the line this time.[2]



Brenda began the season on the younger La Flor tribe. In the first few minutes of the game, Brenda found the Medallion of Power, which La Flor exchanged for fishing supplies. At camp, Brenda became close friends with Chase Rice, but she eventually learned that he had made an alliance with Shannon Elkins. This made Brenda target Shannon, who in turn targeted her. Following La Flor's first Immunity Challenge loss on Day 6, NaOnka Mixon approached Brenda to join an alliance with her and Sash Lenahan to vote out Shannon. Brenda agreed to the alliance, and also recruited Kelly Shinn into their group.

Now with four guaranteed votes for Shannon, Brenda hoped to get Chase to join her alliance and give them a majority. Though reluctant at first, Shannon's outburst at Tribal Council persuaded Chase to vote with Brenda's alliance, sending Shannon home. With Chase now on her side, Brenda's alliance assumed control of the La Flor tribe, targeting Shannon's former allies, Alina Wilson and Kelly Bruno. However, La Flor won the following two Immunity Challenges, putting any eliminations on hold. In the meantime, Brenda strengthened her alliance with NaOnka, who shared the clue to the tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol with her. The two eventually found the idol, with Brenda allowing NaOnka to keep it for herself.

At the Tribe Switch on Day 12, Brenda remained on La Flor along with most of her alliance. She, along with the other younger members of the tribe, quickly bonded with Jane Bright, who warned Brenda about Marty Piombo's control of the original Espada tribe. Seeing Marty as a threat, Brenda and Sash decided to have their alliance split their votes between Marty and his ally, Jill Behm, in case either of them used Espada's Hidden Immunity Idol during the Double Tribal Council on Day 15. However, Jill won individual immunity at the challenge, forcing Brenda's alliance to split their votes between Marty and original La Flor outsider Kelly B., whose prosthetic leg was deemed by Brenda as too threatening should she make the Final Tribal Council. Despite initially planning to eliminate Marty, Kelly B. was ultimately viewed as too dangerous to continue and the alliance voted her out on the revote. Despite this minor setback, Brenda's alliance successfully eliminated Jill on Day 18, after Sash convinced Marty to give him his idol in exchange for safety from the vote.

Brenda was among the contestants to make it to the merge on Day 19, joining the new Libertad tribe. Brenda's original alliance reassembled and proceeded to vote out threats Alina and Marty. Realizing Brenda's control over the game, Holly Hoffman decided to campaign for her elimination. She successfully recruited most of the tribe, including Brenda's ally NaOnka to her side. Holly also attempted to get Chase to assist them as well, but he was hesitant about voting against Brenda and ended up telling her of Holly's plan. Despite this information, Brenda remained confident, believing that Sash would use his idol to save her if she felt threatened. However, prior to Tribal Council, NaOnka advised Sash against this and warned him of the repercussions of doing so. Thus at Tribal Council, Sash did not use his idol on Brenda and she was voted out in an 8-1-1 vote, becoming the third member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Brenda stated that she was proud of the finalists, but criticized Sash for breaking the alliance that they had. She then chastised Chase for easily accepting the fact she was going to be eliminated, despite the bond they shared. In the end, though, Brenda voted for Chase to be the Sole Survivor.

Voting History

Brenda's Voting History
Episode Brenda's
Voted Against
1 La Flor Tribe Immune
2 Shannon Alina, Fabio, Shannon
3 La Flor Tribe Immune
4 La Flor Tribe Immune
5 La Flor Tribe Immune
6 Kelly B.;
Kelly B.1
Jill, Marty;
7 Jill -
8 Alina -
9 Marty Individual Immunity
10 NaOnka Benry, Chase, Dan, Fabio,
Holly, Jane, NaOnka, Sash
Voted Out, Day 27
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Worst Case Scenario", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Kelly B. and Marty, forcing a revote. Brenda did not change her vote on the revote.


Brenda began the game on the Bikal tribe along with nine other Favorites. While she initially allied with Francesca Hogi against Stealth R Us at Bikal's first Tribal Council, Francesca was voted out, leaving Brenda in the minority of the tribe. Luckily, Brenda avoided being targeted by the majority alliance and made it to the Tribe Switch on Day 14, where she was switched to the Gota tribe. Since Gota would win the remaining tribal Immunity Challenges, Brenda made the Day 20 merge, becoming a member of the Enil Edam tribe.

During this time, Brenda developed a close relationship with Dawn Meehan after she helped Dawn find her lost retainer in the river. She also became an official member of Stealth R Us, helping to eliminate the rival Cool Kids Alliance. Following Reynold Toepfer's elimination, Andrea Boehlke targeted Brenda for her strength in challenges, after Brenda barely lost to her at the Day 31 Immunity Challenge. However, the rest of the tribe felt threatened by Andrea's Hidden Immunity Idol and blindsided her at the following Tribal Council.

On Day 35, Brenda won the Loved Ones Challenge with her father, Raymond, and selected Dawn and her husband to accompany them to a barbecue reward. Surprisingly, Jeff Probst gave Brenda an alternative option where she could give up the reward and time with her loved one (as well as Dawn's) in order for the rest of the tribe to have time with theirs. She chose the latter, pleasing the other contestants, but upsetting Dawn. Thus, at the next Immunity Challenge, Brenda intentionally dropped out so Dawn could win immunity. After returning from the challenge, Brenda believed that her alliance would vote out Eddie Fox, the last remaining member of the Cool Kids Alliance. However, John Cochran was intimidated by Brenda's act of selflessness at the Loved Ones Challenge, viewing her as a jury threat. He then persuaded Dawn and Sherri Biethman into voting for Brenda, blindsiding and devastating her in a 3-2-1 vote. On the way out, Brenda remarked that "it hurts" before departing in tears.

At the Final Tribal Council, Brenda said little to Cochran and Sherri and focused the majority of her speech on Dawn. She brought up the incident where she helped Dawn retrieve her retainer. Brenda asked if had she not been able to return her false teeth, would Dawn have quit the game like she said she would, to which Dawn answered no. Unsatisfied, Brenda ordered Dawn to take out her teeth to prove that being seen without them was not a big deal. Dawn refused at first but eventually gave in, satisfying Brenda, but in the end, Brenda voted Cochran, who would receive all the jury votes to become the Sole Survivor. At the Reunion Show, Brenda (via satellite) received an apology from Dawn in an attempt by Jeff Probst to make amends and hopefully cease the commotion. Brenda also revealed she was pregnant in the late stages, thus explaining why she could not attend the Reunion in person.

Voting History

Brenda's Voting History
Episode Brenda's
Voted Against
1 Andrea -
2 Bikal Tribe Immune
3 Bikal Tribe Immune
4 Bikal Tribe Immune
5 Brandon -
6 Gota Tribe Immune
7 Gota Tribe Immune
8 Corinne -
9 Michael Individual Immunity
10 Eddie1 -
11 Reynold;
12 Reynold -
Andrea Andrea, Eddie
13 Eddie Cochran,
Dawn, Sherri
Voted Out, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Eddie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Brenda's vote against him.
^2 In "Come Over to the Dark Side", the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Andrea, Malcolm, and Reynold, forcing a revote. Brenda changed her vote to Malcolm on the revote.


  • Brenda currently works as a fashion model, appearing in commercials for Stanton Optical[3] and Swarovski.[4] She is signed to Caroline Gleason Management and Wilhelmina International.[5]
  • Brenda appeared in a cameo in the 2017 movie Baywatch as a surfer.[6]
  • In July 2018, Brenda appeared as a briefcase model in the 2018 revival of Deal or No Deal, which began airing on December 5, 2018.[7][8]


  • Brenda first applied for Survivor at an open casting call in Miami for Samoa.[9]
  • Brenda is of Chinese and Bolivian descent.
  • Brenda was a former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins.
  • Brenda is the oldest woman on the original La Flor tribe.
  • Brenda lost 14 lbs. during her time in Nicaragua.[10]
  • Brenda is currently the only returning player from Nicaragua.
  • Brenda is the first contestant to appear in the Reunion Show through live stream in Caramoan as she was in the last stages of her pregnancy, thus making her unfit to fly to Los Angeles.


Survivor: Nicaragua Castaways
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