Ashley Underwood: Pageant Queen Gets Ready for 'Survivor: Redemption Island'; 'Sports Illustrated' Shows Love

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Feb. 11 2011, Published 6:11 a.m. ET

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Survivor: Redemption Island hits CBS Wednesday, Feb. 16, and this time around contestants have a chance to come back to the hit reality show after being voted off! Ashley Underwood is one of the contestants headed to Nicaragua who is receiving some attention before the competition even airs from Sports Illustrated! Ashley and her toned physique were picked as the mag's "Lovely Lady of the Day."

Ashley, 25, is a school nurse who currently resides in Benton, ME. She also played professional basketball in Europe for a year before trying her hands at beauty pageants and becoming Miss Maine 2009.

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Ashley doesn't want to be viewed as some "bimbo" in the Survivor: Redemption Island competition.

"I'm just a really down-to-earth girl," Ashley explained in her intro for the reality show. "I grew up on farm. We used to have a pig farm with over 400 bigs so I can get down and dirty. I really think pageants geta a bad rap but in all honesty it takes a lot of mental toughness."

She said she doesn't want to be viewed as a pageant queen.

And why is she going to be the next Survivor champ?

"I've done so much. I set goals, I attained them and I live for challenges."

Catch Ashley's clip below!


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