updated 10/07/2012 AT 10:25 AM ET
•originally published 10/06/2012 AT 11:30 AM ET
She was young. She was cute. And she was the third person voted out of Survivor: Philippines. Angie Layton, a 20-year-old former Miss Teen Utah, tells PEOPLE about the ups and downs of Survivor stint – and that she’s not a dumb blonde.
You came into this game as the youngest contestant and with a background in beauty pageants. How do you think that affected the others’ perception of you?
They perceived me as a dumb blonde. You know, here’s the pageant girl from Utah. So I was stereotyped from the start. I knew I’d have to give it my all, to give 110-percent. I wanted to prove that I’m more than a pageant girl. I was there to win and to compete.
I worked really hard around the camp. I weaved the entire roof. I wanted my tribe to see me as an asset around camp; I would cut the coconuts for dinner. I was the one making food, preparing the rice. I know some people say we were working too much, but I don’t think so. There was always something to do.