When the 32nd season of Survivor premieres Wednesday, Feb. 17 on CBS, Shelburne native Julia Sokolowski, 19, will be front and center in the Beauty Tribe. The Emmy Award-winning series theme this time around is Brains, Brawn and Beauty.
Sokolowski, the youngest female player in the show’s history, will join 18 castaways, separated into three groups forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal to outwit, outplay and outlast each other. Ultimately, one will be crowned the Sole Survivor and win the $1 million prize.
The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.
Kaôh Rōng, an island in Cambodia, is this season’s location which is promised to offer harsh conditions and relentless weather for the castaways.
Sokolowski is currently a sophomore at Boston University, where she is studying communications. She turned 19 during filming of the show last spring, making her the youngest female Survivor contestant, a CBS press release said.
Sokolowski said her recent trip to Tanzania, where she taught English to a class of 83 third graders and helped to rebuild and restore classrooms, has been a highlight in her life so far. She also hiked the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sokolowski said she is most inspired by her 17-year-old brother, Eric, who was born with a heart defect called hypo-plastic left heart syndrome and has undergone a series of four open heart surgeries. “He is a fighter and my inspiration every day,” she said.
Her reason for being on the show is to win the million dollars and pay off her college tuition, the release said. “I want to prove to everyone who ever doubted me that I am strong, strategic and intelligent, not just some Barbie princess, dumb blonde,” she said.