Wendy "Big Wendy" Diaz is a contestant from Survivor: Edge of Extinction.

An underdog, Wendy displayed a strong sense of positivity and kindness, oftentimes struggling to separate the game from her personal relationships with her tribemates. A shocking vote at a Joint Tribal Council sent Wendy to the Edge of Extinction, where she would ultimately raise the mast alongside Keith Sowell, signaling her departure from the game.


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Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current residence: Bell, California
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, anything active, karaoke, and getting into shenanigans!
Pet peeves: I cannot stand when people don't carry their weight. I also hate quitters! Find a way to get something done! Don't just give up when the going gets tough.
Three words to describe you: Idiosyncratic, fun-loving, and spontaneous.
What is your personal claim to fame? Starting my own business from the ground up.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My mom is my greatest inspiration. She worked hard and raised three daughters all by herself. I don't know what I would do without her!
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
I would definitely need to take a small jar of Vaseline, my lips get dry!
Hair ties: I cannot stand when my hair is in my face! I need it up to win challenges.
Last but not least, I really want to take Scruffy. Okay context time: I have a stuffed animal that I have had for 20 years and I have never slept without him even to this day. My sister and BF insist I don't take him because what if I get him sandy or ruin him. I'm conflicted.
Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? I am a hybrid of many players! I think I would play the game like Sandra, I would be the second Diaz to win! But my attitude towards people would be more like Tai. He is just so full of life and I love his outlooks on things.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I would like to be on the show because I want to see how tough it really is. I love putting myself in these kinds of situations and when watching the show, I have a sense that I can do this with ease. My second motivation would probably be the money. Not in the typical sense. I have always said that I want to be rich just so I am able to help other people. I grew up poor, and I am by no means well off now, but I am content with my life and need nothing more. I could use that money to help people, even in the smallest way. Especially my mom and people like her.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I think I have the agility and the cunningness to win. I love outdoorsy stuff and can't wait to see what the wilderness throws at me![2]


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Voting History

Wendy's Voting History
Episode Wendy's
Voted Against
1 Lauren Kelley, Lauren, Wardog
2 Kelley Keith
3 Kelley -
4 Manu Tribe Immune
5 Aubry Aubry
David, Kelley,
Lauren, Wardog
David, Eric, Gavin,
Kelley, Victoria, Wardog
Voted Out, Day 16
6 On Edge of Extinction
Quit, Day 17

^1 In It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Wendy and Lauren, forcing a revote. Eric, Gavin, and Victoria changed their votes to Wendy on the revote, eliminating her from the game.


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  • Wendy is the first contestant with Tourette syndrome.
  • Wendy was the only member of the original Manu to stay on the tribe after the Tribe Switch.
    • This also makes her the first member of original Manu to win immunity.
  • Wendy received the most elimination votes in Edge of Extinction, with 15.


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