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Dee Valladares has been a competitive force on Survivor season 45. The 27-year-old entrepreneur is apart of the dominant Reba alliance with Austin Li Coon, Drew Basile and Julie Alley that has been running the game. She’s also excelled athletically and notably won the first individual immunity challenge of the season. Dee is a frontrunner to win the game right now — but some of her tribemates see her as a major threat, which might prove to be Dee’s ultimate downfall.
Learn more about Dee below!
Dee is an entrepreneur.
Dee started her own backpack company called Wanaroam. She told Parade magazine that her love for travel inspired her to launch the business.
Dee has worked in sales.
Dee worked in sales development at a company called Drata from June 2022 to February 2023, according to her LinkedIn. Before that, she was a sales and marketing specialist for Pure Compounding Pharmacy from June 2018 January 2022.
Dee Valladares with Jeff Probst on ‘Survivor’ (Photo: (CBS)
Dee went to school for psychology.
Dee got her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida International University in 2018. She ended up going into a different career path after college — and explained why in her interview with Parade.
“I went to school for psychology. But then I found out they didn’t make much money. So I’m like, ‘I gotta do something else,’ ” she said with a laugh.
Dee lives in Miami.
As a Florida resident, Dee felt prepared for the extreme heat in Fiji on Survivor. “I feel like I’m at home here,” she told Parade before filming the season. “You know, it’s the humidity, the palm trees, the water. I love being next to the ocean. To me, it’s like a meditation. ”
Dee is Cuban.
Dee was born in Cuba and moved to Florida when she was young. She told Parade that her parents “left everything behind in Cuba” to move her and her brother to the U.S. Dee explained that she wants to “give back” to her family by winning the $1 million on Survivor.
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