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Tra'Mese "Missy" Byrd[2] is a contestant from Survivor: Island of the Idols.

Missy rose as a strategic powerhouse in the game, forming a women's alliance on the Lairo tribe, as well as a separate alliance with Aaron Meredith. Missy quickly took control of the game, positioning herself at the top of the Lumuwaku tribe following the merge. However, she also developed a rocky relationship with Karishma Patel, which led to her eventual downfall when her allies were scattered across two teams by a Double Elimination. After an attempt to get Karishma to vote out Tommy Sheehan went awry due to Missy's domineering approach, Missy found herself being the one blindsided instead.


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Age: 24
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
Current residence: Tacoma, Washington
Occupation: Air Force Veteran
Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, immersing myself into the culture I'm visiting, and winning.
Pet peeves: Annoying human beings.
Three words to describe you: Relentless, clever, and decently dope.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Always finding a way to travel the world regardless of budget. We all deserve to see what's out there.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? Oprah, Beyoncé and the Obamas. They all broke the mold for what being black in America looks like.
What's one thing we wouldn't know from seeing a photo of you? I rather enjoy a hot cup of tea and a good book.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Kim, my girl is a legend. She hit the sand and aligned quickly. She played both sides effortlessly. I would play like this. Kill 'em with a smile.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? Beyoncé wrote a song about surviving so I have to honor Queen B.[3]


Missy was involved in every major alliance on Lairo, including the women's alliance that succeeded in taking out two men in Ronnie Bardah and Vince Moua at their first two Tribal Council visits. Meanwhile, she also developed a core alliance with fellow physically strong players Aaron Meredith and Elizabeth Beisel. Approaching a third Tribal Council in 11 days, Missy was faced with a dilemma between voting out Karishma Patel or Dean Kowalski. Missy's desire to keep Karishma as a pawn and Elizabeth's lack of desire to target Dean lead to a chaotic afternoon of strategy. Ultimately, Missy and her allies settled on "Plan Z" by eliminating Dean's closest ally and a bigger threat than Karishma, Chelsea Walker. Some harsh words toward Karishma at that Tribal Council would complicate Missy's relationship with her for the rest of the game.

Missy continued to play aggressively after the swap, quick to leave behind Lairo and flip on Elaine Stott if necessary. That plan changed when Elaine revealed her advantage which allowed her to block one of the original Vokai members' votes at Tribal Council. This lead to Jason Linden's elimination though Missy harmed her relationship with Lauren Beck in the process. Missy assured Lauren that she was safe, though she considered targeting her ally Tommy Sheehan in case Vokai lost another challenge.

At the merge, Missy and Kellee Kim bonded over their uncomfortable experiences with Dan Spilo. Lauren then revealed to Missy that Kellee's intention was to blindside Missy at the first Tribal Council, which firmly put Missy on a quest to eliminate Kellee by any means necessary. These means included exaggerating her claims concerning Dan so that Missy herself would not be targeted. Post swap Vokai would vote as a group and along with Dean, they successfully blindsided Kellee. This collective stayed together for another vote (during which Missy won an individual Immunity Challenge alongside Aaron) before a Double Elimination shook up the game by splitting the Final 11 into two groups. Missy's group consisted of close ally Elizabeth, two other allies in Karishma and Elaine, and a newer ally but also threatening target in Tommy. Still seeing value in keeping Karishma for her personal gain, Missy tried to get her to vote out Tommy. However, at this point Karishma was tired of taking orders from Missy and considered flipping on her when Elaine presented her that plan. Aaron was voted out at the first Tribal Council that night, shocking Missy. Missy's attempts to keep Karishma on her side at her Tribal Council failed as well, meaning she would join her ally on the jury after a long exit.

At the Final Tribal Council, Missy questioned Tommy for not focusing in the strategic and challenge aspects, showed respect for Dean's strategic game, and called out Dean for his multiple deals. She contributed to Tommy's win by voting for him.

Voting History

Missy's Voting History
Episode Missy's
Voted Against
1 Ronnie -
2 Lairo Tribe Immune
3 Vince -
4 Chelsea -
5 Vokai Tribe Immune
6 Jason -
7 Vokai Tribe Immune
8 Kellee -
Janet1 Individual Immunity
9 Tommy Elaine,
Karishma, Tommy
Voted Out, Day 27
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "We Made It to the Merge!", Janet used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Missy's vote against her.



  • Missy is the youngest member of the original Lairo tribe and the youngest woman to compete on Island of the Idols.
  • Missy lost 18 lbs. during her time on Island of the Idols.[5]
  • Missy is the second LGBT African-American woman following Jolanda Jones, and would be followed by Chanelle Howell.


Survivor: Island of the Idols Castaways
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