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Contestant-related press and rumors
January 25, 2007: Exciting, CBS-penned TV ad text:

"Michelle's the perky student. She wants to be the team player."

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Michelle Actually Stacy, but allegedly Michelle Michelle
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Full casrJanuary 12, 2007: Michelle's official bio, from the CBS S14 site...

Raised in Cincinnati, Michelle Yi is in her final year at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying fashion design at their college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).
    Yi enjoys fashion photography, traveling and is an avid and competitive rock climber. She enjoys 80s pop music, drinking Eddie James, pirates, things that are green and video games prefaced with the name Mario. Yi admits she likes to eat--everything from Korean BBQ to Cincinnati Skyline Chili, with a particular weakness for ice cream and sushi. To complement her love for food, Yi practices yoga, lifts weights and trains for climbing. She's not a big fan of cardio workouts, but does it anyway because she believes it builds character and prevents heart disease.
    Yi describes herself as very independent and is a true believer in following one's passions and staying inspired. She thinks a positive attitude will keep you smiling through anything. She believes her bubbly and laid back personality allows her to enjoy most people, but she claims if you rub her the wrong way, she'll be sure you know it! Yi's hero is her mother, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan.Yi hopes to continue to travel, particularly to go "bouldering" in New Zealand and to spend some time in her favorite hotspot, Manhattan.
    Yi currently resides in Cincinnati. Her birth date is December 2, 1983."
January 12, 2007: Officially revealed as a Survivor: Fiji contestant on CBS's The Early Show.

Hannah Storm: "And finally, Michelle Yi is a 23-year-old college student from Cincinnati, who says she's bubbly and energetic. But look out, she may have a dark side."
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Michelle, Stacy Michelle Michelle
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January 8, 2007: We're not sure weight loss counts for much these days (did Becky lose any weight at all in Cook Islands?), but for what it's worth, here's our comparison of Michelle's pre- and post-game appearance:
michelle: pre- and post-game
January 7, 2007: Revealed as a Survivor: Fiji contestant by VolcanicGlass, at Survivor Phoenix.
December 17, 2006: Jeff Probst's voiceover from the Survivor: Fiji preview (replete with actual contestant photos, as far as we know) that aired during the Survivor: Cook Islands reunion show:

Coming in the new year... Survivor turns the tables on two tribes, as one lives the life of luxury, while the other is left with virtually nothing. For the first time, there will be 19 new Survivors. This diverse cast, with lifestyles ranging from a Harvard-educated lawyer to a once-homeless street performer, will be forced to battle each other more fiercely than ever before. Crawling with thousands of deadly sea snakes, Exile Island will be more treacherous than ever. This time, two immunity idols and a twist will drastically complicate the game. And one of the most controversial decisions ever made by a Survivor will have America talking. Who will outwit, outplay and outlast all the others? Join us next time, for the premiere of Survivor: Fiji."

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Mary Reilly, University of Cincinnati news
March 16, 2004: As a sophomore in the fashion design program, Michelle's efforts are mentioned in the University of Cincinnati school news (site has a picture of Michelle modeling her garments):

"Thrift Fashions Make Cents for Students and Community
    University of Cincinnati fashion design sophomores recently received an assignment tailor made for fun. They were to spare every expense in retrofitting thrift-store bargains from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s local stores into new designs and garments.
   Led by Margaret Schroeder, assistant professor of design, and Mary Wright, adjunct instructor of design, the students were each given a $15 voucher to purchase anything sewable – bed sheets, drapes, shower curtains, napkins, tablecloths and old clothes – and to redesign them into something fashionably new. The students previewed their garments yesterday in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and will next exhibit them during a St. Vincent de Paul-sponsored fashion show Oct. 14, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.
   For the students, the idea behind the assignment is to help them see with new eyes and to provide a chance for and the challenge of using some nontraditional materials within the design process, explained Schroeder. Students explore their creativity and show their individual personalities by coming up with an idea. They then have to figure out how to make it real, she added.
   'It is a design challenge,' agreed student Michelle Yi of Anderson Township. 'I transformed a large blazer into a simple, elegant dress, but I kept thinking, what if I make a mistake and I don’t have enough material? It’s not like I can go out and buy another yard of this material. It’s unique. If I run out, I’m out of luck.'"
Various personal pages
2002-present: Biographical tidbits...

- Graduated from Turpin High School in Cincinnati in 2002.
- Fashion design student at University of Cincinnati, projected graduation in 2007.
- Into rock climbing, both indoors (or, more accurately, bouldering on a door frame) and outdoors (including an impressive-looking inverted rock face).
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