Shirin Oskooi is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Cambodia.

Shirin is remembered for being a self-proclaimed "superfan", having an enthusiastic attitude that annoyed many of her tribemates, her fights with Dan Foley and Will Sims II, and her impassioned jury speech.

During her short stay in Cambodia, Shirin orchestrated Vytas Baskauskas' blindside before her inability to make genuine relationships with her tribemates, in addition to her over-scheming with Spencer Bledsoe, led to her demise.


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Name (Age): Shirin Oskooi, 31
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Yahoo Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Made Google Calendar the #1 online calendar in the world, and helping take care of my mom financially.
Inspiration in Life: Larry David, because he is a hilarious weirdo who says and does whatever he wants. RuPaul because "fierce queen," "no tea no shade," "now sissy that walk."
Hobbies: Traveling, exotic food, whistling champion and mind games.
What is your favorite sport? Field hockey.
Pet Peeves: Quitters and morons.
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, clever and quirky.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A goat (or a muffin). 2. Whiskey. 3. Beyoncé.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Sandra as a sassy brown woman who doesn't take crap from anybody. Rob Cesternino as a witty, sharp, know-it-all Survivor nerd who keeps tabs on everybody.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to win the ultimate social game, my favorite game in the world.
Why You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm intelligent and creative enough to outsmart the challenges. I love to eat everything (bugs, slimy sea creatures) and would be great at scavenging protein-rich food. I bounce back quickly from mistakes/losses. People underestimate me and won't see me as a threat.
Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: I practice "voting people out" in real life and succeed. I'm a fighter and risk-taker. I'm super smart, observant, and don't let my emotions govern my actions at work, let alone in games. I have no qualms with using people or their secrets to get ahead.[2]

Name: Shirin Oskooi
Season 30
Survivor: Worlds Apart
Current Age: 32
Hometown: San Francisco, CA[3]


Worlds Apart

Shirin was originally placed on the White Collar tribe where she was perceived as irritating by some of her fellow tribemates, such as Joaquin Souberbielle and Tyler Fredrickson, for being enthusiastic and talkative. In the first Immunity Challenge, she found herself in the hot seat after the White Collar tribe lost, largely due to Shirin's poor performance on the puzzle portion of the challenge. She was spared by her tribemates on account of her bravery to step up during the challenge, and they instead voted out So Kim for her antics.

After the tribe switch, Shirin was put on Nagarote, where she was again criticized by tribe members Jenn Brown and Will Sims II for being annoying. In their first challenge as new tribes, Nagarote suffered an embarrassing defeat. Shirin was on the chopping block for her behavior, but they instead blindsided her ally, Max Dawson, for similar reasons.

Shirin made the merge and the line was beginning to be drawn between the Blue Collars and the No Collars, leaving Shirin in the middle along with her former White Collar tribe members, Tyler and Carolyn. When it came time for the first vote, Shirin joined the No Collars in blindsiding Kelly Remington when Jenn used her idol. However, Carolyn and Tyler sided with the Escameca Alliance and left Shirin's alliance in the minority. Her alliance members were picked off one by one, first Hali Ford, then Joe Anglim. After the Survivor Auction, Will was angry at Shirin for distrusting his honesty in sharing his reward. Will proceeded to yell at her saying that no one misses her at home while she is gone. Despite some people who witnessed it at the camp were stunned by Will's comments, they didn't comfort or defend her. Shirin felt personally attacked for she had grown up in a family that was a victim of domestic abuse. Her newfound ally Mike Holloway broke up the conflict and comforted Shirin at this low point of the game. With their target set on Mike, the majority alliance was disappointed when Mike won immunity, thus they instead voted out Shirin's ally, Jenn. The next Immunity Challenge with the last man and last woman standing would win Immunity. Shirin lost out to Carolyn while Mike won immunity for the men in the next episode, leaving Shirin as the next one to go. At Tribal Council, Mike attempted to save Shirin by revealing his Hidden Immunity Idol, attempting to convince the other castaways to think he would use it on her. Unfortunately for Shirin, some of them called Mike's bluff and voted Shirin out in a 4-2-2 vote with some of them clapping after she was ousted.

At Final Tribal Council, Shirin gave a speech reminiscent of Sue Hawk's "Snakes and Rats" by comparing Mike to a howler monkey due to his prowess in challenges and his gameplay. She compared Carolyn to a stingray because of her under-the-radar gameplay until making a big move when the time was right. She was merciless in her analogy of Will and compared him to a dead fish for his vile and toxic attitude towards her. She ultimately gave her vote to Mike, who she saw as her savior during Will's tirade, who ultimately won 6-1-1.

Voting History

Shirin's Voting History
Episode Shirin's
Voted Against
1 So -
2 Masaya Tribe Immune
3 Masaya Tribe Immune
4 Masaya Tribe Immune
5 Will -
6 Nagarote Tribe Immune
7 Kelly -
8 Dan -
9 Joe -
10 Jenn Dan, Rodney,
11 Tyler Carolyn, Dan,
Rodney, Sierra
Voted Out, Day 29
Voted For
Sole Survivor


Shirin was one of the twenty castaways chosen by the public to compete on Survivor: Cambodia for a second chance.

Shirin was a part of the Ta Keo tribe. When Vytas Baskauskas tried to form bonds with the women, Shirin decided to target him for his perceived smugness. She later told Spencer Bledsoe and Jeff Varner that Vytas has a lot of connections. After losing the first Immunity Challenge, Ta Keo went to Tribal Council immediately were Shirin along with the new schoolers, Jeff, and Peih-Gee Law sent Vytas home. After his elimination, both Shirin and Peih-Gee discuss how Abi-Maria Gomes is irritating them, however, Abi heard them. Then Shirin along with most of the tribe laughed and made fun of Abi while Abi was on the beach crying. After losing their second Immunity Challenge in the row, both Shirin and her closest ally Spencer become targets for playing too hard. She tried to scramble but was unsuccessful. At Tribal Council, the tribe split their votes between Shirin and Spencer. Both Shirin and Spencer voted against each other because they knew that one of them would be voted off. Ultimately Shirin was eliminated in a 5-4 vote.

Voting History

Shirin's Voting History
Episode Shirin's
Voted Against
1 Vytas -
2 Spencer Jeff, Kelly, Peih-Gee,
Spencer, Woo
Voted Out, Day 6


  • On May 10, 2017, Shirin appeared as a guest on Survivor Know-it-alls in a special edition broadcasted in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4]


  • As revealed in her Ponderosa video, Shirin is the first castaway of Iranian descent.
  • Shirin lost 12 lbs. during her time in Worlds Apart.[5]
  • Shirin was the youngest female castaway on the Masaya tribe.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart premiered on Shirin's 32nd birthday. She is the third castaway to have a premiere air on their birthday, after Ryan Aiken and David Samson.
    • Shirin is so far the only female castaway with this distinction, as well as the only one not to become the first person voted out of their respective season.
  • Every time Shirin had a vote cast against her in Survivor: Worlds ApartDan Foley, Rodney Lavoie Jr., and Sierra Dawn Thomas were one of them.
  • Shirin is the only castaway to compete in back-to-back seasons and fail to make the merge/jury phase of the game in their second season.


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