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Parvati Shallow is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Micronesia. She originally competed on Survivor: Cook Islands, and later on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Survivor: Winners at War.

Best known for her feminine charm, interpersonal skills, physical prowess, and strategic acumen, Parvati was able to survive multiple votes and manipulate other competitors to do her bidding, earning her the moniker, the "Black Widow". Regarded as one of the most versatile players to play the game, Parvati remains in many respects a touchstone of Survivor culture.


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Parvati Shallow grew up the eldest of three siblings on a commune in Vero Beach, Florida. She and her family moved to Atlanta when she was 11 years old. Having studied martial arts since her youth, she currently works as a female boxer and cocktail waitress. She previously worked as a model, bartender and in public relations.

Striking out on her own when she was 17 years old, Shallow put herself through college, attending the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism with a minor in French. While in college, she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

Shallow enjoys boxing, running, hiking, volleyball, yoga, skiing, softball, dancing and swimming (she was on her high school swim team all four years). She loves the outdoors and gets "super cranky" if she can't play outside in the sun on a daily basis. She is most proud of being a female boxer for Perfect 10 Model Boxing.

Shallow currently resides in West Hollywood, California. Her birth date is September 21, 1982.[1]

Parvati Shallow grew up the eldest of three siblings on a commune in Vero Beach, Florida. She and her family moved to Atlanta when she was 11 years old. Shallow put herself through college, attending the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with minors in French and Italian. While in college, she was an active member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and is a huge Bulldog fan!

A nature lover at heart, Shallow has spent extensive amounts of time camping and hiking through North America's state parks including the Tetons and Yellowstone. While in college, she organized a two-month backpacking trip through Europe where she and two friends visited 13 countries, sleeping in youth hostels, train stations, on beaches and park benches. Shallow's favorites include good sushi, wearing oversized jerseys, karaoke and cheering on "The Dawgs." She is also training for triathlons with her mom, Gale.

Shallow has found her niche with the Los Angeles boxing community and began competing in 2004. She and some fellow boxers have parlayed her passion for the sport into the creation of a non-profit organization titled "Knockouts for Girls," a charity that provides scholarships and boxing lessons for underprivileged girls. The organization recently held their first fundraising event that included boxing matches and a fashion show. Having been a huge success, she will be boxing at a second fundraiser in February, 2008.

Shallow currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Her birth date is September 21, 1982.[2]

Parvati Shallow (27)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Personal Claim To Fame: "Racking up thousands of friends on my fake Facebook accounts."
Inspiration in Life: Chuck Bass and Jeff Probst
Previous Finishes: Cook Islands: 15th Out, 7th Jury Member; Micronesia: Winner
Favorite Past Moment: "Eating chocolate cake in the tub while everyone watched."
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: "Sweet Lil' Cirie Fields (Panama, Micronesia) And Crazy Town Shane Powers (Panama)"
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: "Ozzy (for being a crybaby) (Cook Islands, Micronesia)"

Why Did She Come Back? : "For the love of the game, baby!"[3]

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Current residence: Los Angeles, California
Previous seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands (Season 13), Winner of Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites (Season 16), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Season 20)
Occupation: Yoga Teacher, Life Coach, and Speaker
Hobbies: Posting photos of my baby on Instagram and yoga retreats.
Pet peeves: Heavy breathing.
Three words to describe you: Survivor, champion, goddess.
When did you first watch Survivor? When Stephenie LaGrossa crushed Palau.
Do you still watch Survivor? I do.
Who is your inspiration in life? One time I met a man in the Atlanta airport who had two prosthetic legs. He was in a wheelchair and traveling with an infant and his toddler—and zero support crew. He was smiling. That man blew my mind.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? Survivor is my family. My husband competed on Season 29[sic], and I thought he was cute when I saw him on TV. Then we met in real life at a Grassroot Soccer charity soccer tournament hosted by Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor: Africa. And now we have a Survivor baby. It's kind of absurd, really.
What is one way that playing Survivor changed your life? It opened up the competitive beast within, and it also gave me the opportunity to host TV shows, travel around the world as a journalist, and take pics with really excited fans at airports. I played three seasons when I was in my 20s and then processed my experiences for the last decade. I think the main reason that I am able to help people with my work as a life coach and yoga teacher is because I came through such intense experiences playing and winning Survivor and then afterward with the criticism and reality TV fame. I know what it's like to go after a goal with everything I have. I know in my bones how hard it is to be judged and found lacking. I know the sting of betrayal, and I also know that miracles happen all the time. No matter what it looks like, there is a way through every block.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? I am pumped. I thought I was done, but this opportunity to compete with the best of the best is too good to pass up. The game has changed. It's faster, more complex, and people are bolder. I'm excited to get into this more dynamic arena and win a totally new game.

How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? I'm sure I will be targeted again right away, like I was on Heroes vs. Villains. So, this time I will have to take into consideration that I may be on the outside looking in at first. There also may be some people playing with me that I have history with—probably not good history—and I will have to clear my mind and see them as totally new, like we're meeting for the first time. I plan to be more aggressive and sneaky in hunting idols, distributing misinformation, letting other people lead and take credit, and really play up that I'm a new mom. I'm definitely not in as good of physical shape as I was the last few times I played, but I have a new stamina and capacity that comes from knowing that I can survive six months of sleep deprivation with a newborn. And, I know that I can connect with people in a completely different way as a mother.[4]


Cook Islands[]

Main article: Parvati Shallow/Cook Islands

A member of the Rarotonga tribe in all of its iterations, Parvati used flirtation to form strong alliances which helped her make the merge. Once the Aitutonga tribe was formed, Parvati was relegated in the minority along with allies Adam Gentry and Candice Woodcock following the betrayal of Jonathan Penner. In an effort to save herself, Parvati convinced the leader of the Aitu Four, Yul Kwon, to eliminate Jonathan before herself and Adam in exchange for their jury votes. Despite getting her way, she was the penultimate member of her alliance to be voted out because she was believed to be a bigger threat than Adam.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Rarotonga Lock, Load and Light Reward/Immunity No 3rd
2 Tow the Line Reward/Immunity No 1st
3 Steeple Chase Immunity No Won
4 Sacrificial Lamb Reward No Lost
Mayday Immunity No Lost
5 Never Tear Us Apart Reward No Won
United We Stand Immunity No Lost
6 Kicking and Screaming Reward No Lost
8 Smash and Grab Reward No Lost
Stairway to Heaven Immunity No Won
9 Barrel of Monkeys Reward Yes Lost
Depth Charge Immunity No Lost
10 Make Your Point Reward Yes Lost
South Pacific Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 25
11 Aitutonga Get a Grip Immunity Lost
12 Survivor Auction
Recollection Immunity Lost
13 Pass the Bucket Reward Won
Floatsam and Jetsam Immunity Lost
14 Mud Run Reward 2nd
Cannonball Run Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 36

Episode Parvati's
Voted Against
1 Rarotonga Tribe Immune
2 Rarotonga Tribe Immune
3 Rarotonga Tribe Immune
4 J.P. -
5 Stephannie -
6 Cristina -
8 Rarotonga Tribe Immune
9 Brad -
10 Rebecca -
Jenny -
11 Yul -
12 Jonathan -
13 Jonathan -
14 Sundra Becky, Ozzy,
Sundra, Yul
Voted Out, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


Main article: Parvati Shallow/Micronesia

Fully embracing her flirtatious skills, Parvati further weaponized her feminine charm. Initially, she formed the Malakal Couples Alliance; a Final Three deal with Amanda Kimmel and Cirie Fields; and, later, the Black Widow Brigade, which was best known for orchestrating a long streak of successful blindside votes and eliminating all of the men. Cited as the leader of the Black Widow Brigade, Parvati was crowned as Sole Survivor; however, she received harsh criticism from the men she led voting out, notably James Clement and fellow Cook Islands castmate Ozzy Lusth.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Malakal First to Shore Immunity1 No Lost
Reinventing the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Lost
2 Smash and Grab Reward/Immunity No Won
3 Beach Bash Reward No Won
Nut Bucket Immunity No Lost
4 Diver Down Reward No Won
Crosswalk Immunity No Won
Switched Tribes, Day 13
5 Airai Cat and Mouse Reward No Won
A Stone's Throw Immunity No Won
6 Build It Up, Break It Down Reward No Won
United We Stand Immunity No Won
7 Money Roll Reward No Lost
What-er Drag Immunity No Won
8 The Gauntlet Reward/Immunity Yes Won
Tribes Merged, Day 22
9 Dabu Last Gasp Immunity Lost
10 Bai Bai Reward Lost
When It Rains, It Pours Immunity Won
11 Survivor Auction
Pool Party Immunity Lost
12 Body Slam Reward Lost
Shoot to Thrill Immunity Lost
13 Survivor Roots Reward Lost
Dash, Dig, Decode Immunity Lost
14 Crystal Method Immunity Lost
The Ball Drop Immunity Lost
Sole Survivor, Day 39
^1 This challenge was played for individual immunity at each tribe's first Tribal Council.

Episode Parvati's
Voted Against
1 Jon -
2 Malakal Tribe Immune
3 Yau-Man Jonathan, Yau-Man
4 Malakal Tribe Immune
5 Airai Tribe Immune
6 Airai Tribe Immune
7 Airai Tribe Immune
8 Airai Tribe Immune
9 Eliza -
10 Ozzy Individual Immunity
11 Jason James
12 Alexis -
13 Erik Erik
14 Natalie -
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Parvati
Alexis, Cirie, Eliza,
Jason, Natalie
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Heroes vs. Villains[]

Main article: Parvati Shallow/Heroes vs. Villains

Following her notoriety in Micronesia, Parvati returned in Heroes vs. Villains as a member of the Villains tribe and with one of the biggest targets, forcing her to make an uneasy alliance with Russell Hantz. After a hasty move by Tyson Apostol—who was a member of the majority alliance—Parvati and Russell slowly took control of the Villains tribe and eventually made the merge, where Parvati masterminded a well-coordinated scheme to outplay and wipe out the Heroes. While already established as a strategist and a social player, Parvati also proved to be a formidable physical player by dominating in challenges. Parvati made it to the Final Tribal Council along with Russell and Sandra Diaz-Twine, where she was praised for her overall physical prowess, and overall gracious personality. However, she was chastised for aligning herself to Russell, who had a hostile relationship with the Jury. In the end, Parvati received three votes to win but ultimately lost to Sandra.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Villains Battle Dig Reward No Lost
Lock, Load and Light Immunity No Won
2 A Crate Idea Reward/Immunity No Won
3 Sumo in Mud Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Slip, Slide & Score Reward Yes Won
Roll With It Immunity No Won
5 Schmergen Brawl Reward Yes Won
Blind Cube Crisis Immunity No Won
6 Rope-a-Dope1 Immunity Lost
Reward Yes Won
7 Basket Brawl Reward Yes Lost
Caught in the Web Immunity No Lost
8 Fauxconut Bowling Reward No Lost
Mud Slide Immunity No Lost
9 Chimney Sweep Reward No Won
Strung Out Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Day 25
10 Yin Yang Get a Grip Immunity Lost
11 Pacific Shuffle Reward Lost
House of Cards Immunity Lost
12 When It Rains, It Pours Immunity Won
Pegatory Knockout Immunity Lost
13 Pass the Bucket Reward Invited
Keep It Up Immunity Won
14 Offer It Up Immunity Won
Blind Maze Immunity Lost
Runner-Up, Day 39
^1 The tribes competed in separate individual Immunity Challenges where the winners from both tribes competed against each other for tribal reward.

Episode Parvati's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy -
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Tyson Coach, Courtney,
Jerri, Tyson
7 Rob -
8 Coach -
9 Courtney -
10 J.T. -
11 Amanda Amanda, Colby,
12 Rupert Individual Immunity
Rupert -
13 Rupert Individual Immunity
14 Colby Individual Immunity
Jerri Jerri
Jury Votes
for Parvati
Coach, Danielle, Jerri
Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In "Banana Etiquette", Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against her.

Winners at War[]

Main article: Parvati Shallow/Winners at War

Now a Survivor legend and a mother, Parvati played a more conservative game by aligning with fellow "old-school" winners Danni Boatwright, Ethan Zohn and Rob Mariano. Following a series of unfortunate events—such as her tribe's losing streak, the early elimination of her allies, and being outnumbered following a tribe switch—Parvati's reputation finally caught up with her, as she was voted out on Day 16 and sent to the Edge of Extinction. Although Parvati endured the hardships that came with living on the Edge, she ultimately failed to win either return challenge and was eliminated from the game on Day 35 and served as a member of the jury.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Sele Marooning Reward/Immunity No Lost
Blue Lagoon Bustle Immunity No Won
2 Draggin' the Dragon Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Along the Watch Tower Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Beyond the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Won
5 Block in a Hard Place Immunity No 1st
6 Rice Race Reward/Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 16
8 Sele Back in the Saddle Re-entry Lost
14 Don't Call It a Comeback Lost
Eliminated, Day 35

Episode Parvati's
Voted Against
1 Natalie -
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni Danni
3 Adam Adam
4 Sele Tribe Immune
5 Sele Tribe Immune
6 Wendell Nick,
Wendell, Yul
Voted Out, Day 16
7 On Edge of Extinction
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor


Parvati Host

Parvati as host of the Survivor Live After Show.

  • Parvati invested her Micronesia winnings into a gym business named ESP Wellness, which she co-owned with The Amazing Race 5 contestant Erika Shay. The business, however, has since closed.[5]
  • In 2009, Parvati and fellow Survivor contestant Amanda Kimmel appeared in the movie Into the Blue 2: The Reef as themselves.[6]
  • In the summer of 2009, Parvati, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?[7]
  • After Micronesia, Parvati hosted season previews of Gabon, Nicaragua, and Blood vs. Water.
  • On January 9, 2010, Parvati attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party, along with all of her Heroes vs. Villains castmates.
  • In February 2010, Parvati appeared on Late Show with David Letterman as Top Ten List Presenter #7, along with nine of her Heroes vs. Villains castmates.[8]
  • In 2010, Parvati was inducted into the Survivor Hall of Fame.
  • In fall of 2010, Parvati appeared in a "Stand Up 2 Cancer" commercial, along with Colby Donaldson, Ethan Zohn, Rob Mariano, and Rupert Boneham.[9]
  • In 2011, Parvati hosted the web series Around the World For Free, which chronicled her travels with no money and must only rely on help from locals.
  • From Caramoan to Cagayan, Parvati hosted the Survivor Live After Show, replacing One World contestant Bill Posley. In 2014, she was replaced by Big Brother contestant Jeff Schroeder.
  • Parvati has been named the 2012 and the first Rob Has a Podcast Miss Survivor, which was voted for by listeners.
  • Parvati was in attendance at the Cagayan Reunion Show on May 21, 2014. During a commercial break after Tony Vlachos and Woo Hwang were revealed to be the Final Two, Jeff Probst asked her who deserved to win. She says that while she liked Woo, she said Tony deserved to win.
  • Parvati visited the San Juan del Sur set as part of the press who competed against the Dream Team to test run the first Immunity Challenge.[10]
  • On February 25, 2015, the day of the Survivor: Worlds Apart premiere, Parvati appeared in a Survivor Round Table—alongside host Jeff Probst and former Survivor castaways Sandra, John Cochran, and Rob Cesternino—for a discussion about the past 30 seasons.[11]
  • In 2014, Parvati began dating Survivor: Samoa contestant John Fincher. They were married on July 15, 2017.[12] They have one daughter, Ama, born in July 2018.[13] John and baby Ama visited Parvati during the Family Visit in Winners at War. In 2021, Parvati filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[14]
  • Parvati co-authored a children's book entitled Om the Otter, the story of which Parvati inspired from her friendship with Ethan during their time on the Edge of Extinction.[15][16]
  • In the fall of 2023, Parvati competed on the second season of the Peacock reality competition series The Traitors, alongside Sandra. Although Parvati was originally a Faithful, she was invited to be one of the titular "Traitors", which she accepted. She was correctly predicted as a Traitor during banishment and was eliminated from the show in the eighth episode. She finished in 11th place.
    TheTraitors US2 Parvati Shallow

    Parvati's promotional image for the second season of The Traitors.

    • Prior to Parvati and Sandra's appearance on The Traitors, in early 2023, Sandra responded to a post on a Survivor fan group on Facebook explaining why she won Heroes vs. Villains over Parvati, describing her as "not nice".[17] On the same day, through an Instagram Story, Parvati responded, "Nice girls don't win Survivor", sparking an online feud between the two.[18] In the first episode of their season of The Traitors, through fellow contestant Peppermint, Parvati and Sandra made amends.[19]
    • Also in the first episode, Parvati revealed to host Alan Cumming that her divorce from John had been finalized some time before she competed.
  • Parvati came out as queer on December 30, 2023 and is currently in a relationship with comedian Mae Martin.[20][21]
  • Parvati was featured in a February 2024 story in Paper with Micronesia castmate Natalie Bolton.[22]




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