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Piper Michelle Yi is a contestant from Survivor: Fiji.

Due to being considered the "cheerleader" of her tribes, Michelle found herself on good terms with everyone. At the merge, she fell victim to one of the most notorious Tribal Council-related twists in Survivor history, resulting in her elimination.


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Raised in Cincinnati, Michelle Yi is in her final year at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying fashion design at their college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

Yi enjoys fashion photography, traveling and is an avid and competitive rock climber. She enjoys 80s pop music, drinking Eddie James, pirates, things that are green and video games prefaced with the name Mario. Yi admits she likes to eat—everything from Korean BBQ to Cincinnati Skyline Chili, with a particular weakness for ice cream and sushi. To complement her love for food, Yi practices yoga, lifts weights and trains for climbing. She's not a big fan of cardio workouts, but does it anyway because she believes it builds character and prevents heart disease.

Yi describes herself as very independent and is a true believer in following one's passions and staying inspired. She thinks a positive attitude will keep you smiling through anything. She believes her bubbly and laid back personality allows her to enjoy most people, but she claims if you rub her the wrong way, she'll be sure you know it! Yi's hero is her mother, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

Yi hopes to continue to travel, particularly to go "bouldering" in New Zealand and to spend some time in her favorite hotspot, Manhattan. Yi currently resides in Cincinnati. Her birth date is December 2, 1983.[1]


Michelle started on the dysfunctional Ravu tribe which repeatedly lost Immunity Challenges, though Michelle was kept safe. A Tribe Switch resulted in her being moved to Moto which would go on to win all but a Reward Challenge until the merge. On Moto, she joined Earl Cole's Syndicate Alliance.

Michelle reached the merge. At the start of the merge, the players were divided into two teams of five. She was on a team with Dreamz Herd, Edgardo Rivera, Stacy Kimball, and her fellow former Ravu tribemate Mookie Lee. Michelle's team lost the Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, Michelle and Mookie voted for Stacy, but the other three voted against Michelle resulting in her elimination.

At the Final Tribal Council, Michelle asked the Final Three what they think was the biggest hardship they faced. She voted for her former tribemate Earl Cole to win which he did in a unanimous 9-0-0 vote.

Voting History

Michelle's Voting History
Episode Michelle's
Voted Against
1 Jessica -
2 Erica -
3 Sylvia -
4 Ravu Tribe Immune
5 Anthony -
6 Moto Tribe Immune
7 Moto Tribe Immune
8 Moto Tribe Immune
9 Stacy Alex,
Dreamz, Stacy
Voted Out, Day 24
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • In 2008, Michelle appeared on the Canadian show Reality Obsessed.[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Michelle attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • In October 2021, Michelle was attacked in an apparent anti-Asian hate crime, being stabbed and beaten with a metal pipe. She was released from the hospital with stitches on the right side of her face.[3]


  • Michelle is the youngest contestant to compete on Fiji.
  • Michelle is the only Asian-American contestant to compete on Fiji who was born in the United States.
  • Michelle is the only member of Ravu to not receive a vote prior to the merge.
  • Michelle is the only female member of the original Ravu to make the jury and the merge.


Survivor: Fiji Castaways
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