As the youngest female winner in the history of CBS’ “Survivor,” Jenna Morasca had to bare it all…literally. Enduring 120-degree temperatures and going days at a time without food or water, Jenna finally broke down (and, er, stripped down) in return for some chocolate and peanut butter. Luckily, she had plenty of practice as a former swimsuit model, and went on to win the $1,000,000 prize. We caught up with Jenna to pick her brain about life since the Amazon!
Recessionista: So we know it’s the “thrill of the victory” and all of that, but we just have to ask: what was the first thing you thought about buying with the $1,000,000 grand prize??
Jenna: Let’s be honest, I thought about (and ended up buying) a Louis Vuitton handbag! That’s every girl’s dream, right?
R: Jea-lous! But you definitely had to work for it. Between the heat, hunger, and BACKSTABBING, what was the hardest part?
J: For me, it was 150 million percent the lack of food. I was truly shocked at how much not eating got to me and affected me in such a negative way. All I thought about, dreamed about, and talked about was food. My favorite food, least favorite food, first food I was going to eat, etc…pretty much the whole time. I honestly think I would have made a human sacrifice at some points in order to eat a saltine cracker. It was insane, and the hardest challenge for me, because it never relented.
R: But it prepared you for life in the media “jungle,” so to speak. Since your win you’ve been all over the place, like on “The Amazing Race” and hosting “Survivor Live.” With all of your success, how do you keep it real?
J: I get a ton of clothes from Victoria’s Secret. I know that sounds strange but it’s true — it’s my secret weapon! They sell a ton of incredible, sturdy, and wearable clothes on their website. The prices are great and the clothes last! They have everything from the standard pieces we all need (think: black tank, white button down) to cool on-trend pieces (think: sequin skinny leg pants, colored jeans, chunky knits). Bonus: once you find your size in their shirts, pants, etc. that’s pretty much your size for almost everything on their site, with little exception. No more having to worry about fit, although if you do their return process is the easiest out of any site I have ever bought from. Can’t say enough.
R: Hey, we’ll definitely take Victoria’s Secret recs coming from a former swimsuit model! You live in NYC. How do you keep it thrifty in the big city?
J: Nails. Nails, nails, nails. Even though I can walk down the street and find about ten salons, I still am thrifty with my nails. I was doing the “caviar” or “fish egg” manicure that’s all the rage right now long before it came out on the market. I literally found a vendor on Etsy that sold glass microbeads and had the seller custom mix colors for me at an unbelievably low price — way less than the sets they sell today. You should check it out! I change my polish or nail design at least once a week and promptly post my win (or occasionally fail) to my Twitter page (@jennamorasca) or Facebook fan page. I love passing the good info on to my fellow female warriors! By doing my nails at home I save hundreds and hundred of dollars every month.