Angie Layton: I’m Not a Dumb Blonde

Angie Layton

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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.

How so?
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.

Last week, Roxanne mentioned the lack of food. How little were you eating?
We had a cup of rice a day, and it was the high point of the day! And then there were coconuts. That was it. So we were really depleted.

Your tribe lost three consecutive challenges. How hard was that?
When you lose three times in a row, you go into a panic. It’s heartbreaking, really. You want something so bad, and you just can’t get it. It sucked so bad.

What was wrong with the Matsing Tribe?
You know, I think the other tribes had a little more strength, but we also had some bad luck along the way. I’m usually a positive person; I try to make the best out of the worst, but I got really depressed. And then we got it in our heads that we couldn’t win.

You snuggled with Malcolm every night. What was that about?
Obviously, we were attracted to each other. He kept me warm at night, and I thank him for that. We were two young, attractive people trying to keep warm. It was never romantic, though. We weren’t a couple. That was overblown.


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