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Kelly Shinn (also known as Purple Kelly) is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

Despite being in the power alliance for 28 days, Kelly received little content. However, Kelly controversial quit along with NaOnka Mixon permanently changed the rules on the jury rights of people who leave the game voluntarily. Her absence from the season has coined the term “purple edit” where people are purposefully not shown in the game by the editors.


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Name: Kelly Shinn (20)
Tribe: La Flor
Current Residence: Mesa, Ariz.
Occupation: Nursing Student at the University of Hawaii.
Personal Claim to Fame: Successfully completing my first two years of pre-med/nursing classes at the University of Hawaii. On a smaller scale, I also look at winning homecoming queen as one of my greatest accomplishments.
Inspiration in Life: My dad. He has a beautiful heart and is the hardest worker I know.
Hobbies: Surfing, wake boarding, go-kart racing.
Pet Peeves: Dirty fingernails.
3 Words to Describe You: Vivacious, confident, outspoken.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Elisabeth Hasselbeck because she played with smarts and integrity.
Reason for being on Survivor: It is the opportunity of a lifetime. People dream to do things as great as this.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I know how to play the "social popularity" game.[1]


Kelly entered the season as a member of the La Flor tribe, which was comprised of castaways under thirty years old. To avoid confusion with fellow tribemate Kelly Bruno, Kelly Shinn was dubbed "Purple Kelly" (or "Kelly Purple"). When the tribe divided into two different alliances on Day 6, Kelly sided with Brenda Lowe's faction, voting for Shannon Elkins at La Flor's first Tribal Council. At the Tribe Switch on Day 12, Purple Kelly remained on La Flor. During this time, she appeared to do little else but vote as instructed by Brenda and Sash Lenahan.

Purple Kelly was among the contestants who made the merge on Day 19, becoming a member of the new Libertad tribe. Though she continued to aid her original alliance by voting out Alina Wilson and Marty Piombo at the first two merged Tribal Councils, Purple Kelly was deliberately excluded in Holly Hoffman's plan to eliminate Brenda on Day 27, being the only person to not vote against her.

On Day 28, a heavy rainstorm occurred, making camp-life miserable. Exhausted by the condition of the weather, Purple Kelly began to have doubts that she could continue on in the game. Thus, after losing that day's Reward Challenge, Purple Kelly announced that she wanted to quit the game, along with NaOnka Mixon. Stunned, Jeff Probst denied their request until Tribal Council that night, giving them time to think over their decision. Upon returning to camp, many players expressed to Kelly how they didn't want anyone to quit, especially Holly, who told her that if she started she should finish. At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst again asked Kelly if she wanted to quit, to which she responded that she did, officially pulling herself from the game. Since Purple Kelly decided to quit after NaOnka, she technically got 8th place. She also became the 5th member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, she congratulated the finalists for succeeding where she could not. For her question, Purple Kelly asked Sash to explain how he outwitted the jury in sixty seconds. Sash said he made as many alliances as possible to move forward and tried to own up to his actions. Although she was surprised by the answer, Kelly said that she liked his honesty. She ultimately voted for Fabio Birza to win though, essential for making him the Sole Survivor.

Voting History

Episode Kelly S.'s
Voted Against
Kelly S.
1 La Flor Tribe Immune
2 Shannon -
3 La Flor Tribe Immune
4 La Flor Tribe Immune
5 La Flor Tribe Immune
6 Kelly B.;
Kelly B.1
7 Jill -
8 Alina -
9 Marty -
10 Benry -
12 No Vote
Quit, Day 28
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. Kelly S. did not change her vote on the revote.


  • In August 2014, Kelly won the award for Hottest Female in the Reality Awards category.
  • Kelly has since become a registered nurse and is working at a trauma center in San Diego.[2]


  • Kelly is the youngest contestant to compete on Nicaragua.
  • Kelly is the first Survivor contestant who was born in the 1990s.
  • Kelly's nickname comes from the purple highlights in her hair. This was done to properly distinguish her from Kelly Bruno.
  • Kelly is the only contestant in Nicaragua who did not receive a vote against them.
  • Kelly is the highest-ranking woman of the original La Flor tribe.
  • Kelly and NaOnka Mixon are the first contestants to quit at the same Tribal Council.
    • At the Nicaragua Reunion Show, Jeff Probst revealed that after Kelly and NaOnka's simultaneous voluntary exits, the producers decided that, if a contestant quit the show, the producers would deliberate whether or not put the quitter on the jury. Jeff further revealed that the producers will reserve the right to withhold the quitter's consolation prize.
  • Kelly lost 12 lbs. during her time in Nicaragua.[3]


Survivor: Nicaragua Castaways
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