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Denise Stapley from "Survivor: Philippines" is one of the contestants on Season 25 of the CBS reality competition series. She is a 41-year-old insurance sex therapist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She starts off the season as part of the Matsing tribe.

Denise Stapley ("Survivor") describes herself as determined, energetic and goofy. She says, "The decision to leave the safety and stability of my previous job to open my own business is without a doubt my proudest accomplishment. It took planning and
Denise Stapley in "Survivor: Philippines" (2012) in a bikini
Denise Stapley Survivor: Philippines (2012) in a bikini
preparation to make that transition smooth and successful. It also took some serious courage to risk the financial security I had." Stapley enjoys running sprint triathlons, reading and playing dress up/goofing off with her kiddo.

Who is her inspiration in life? "At this point in my life, I struggle to identify any one hero, but a hero in my eyes is someone who follows their passion." She also says, "My number one pet peeve is laziness and people who expect that change will happen without them having to put in any real level of effort. Life is what you make it folks ... dig deep!"

If she could bring three things with her on the island, they would be a "seriously sturdy jogging bra — no one needs to see my 40 year-old ta-ta's dangling out. This is for function, not fashion"; her baseball cap or a pink dew rag for "sheer comfort and a reflection of who I really am"; and her favorite picture of her husband and daughter for "motivation and connection with them."

When asked which former contestant she is most like, she says, "I really like Stephenie from 'Survivor: Palau.' If that wasn't 'digging deep,' I don't know what is. She has sheer will power and determination. That is what drives me."

She says she is on the show for the experience. She thinks she will survive and ultimately win because, "At work, I have to be able to engage and connect on some level with every person who walks through my door. I'm also a worker bee who will seek out ways to help camp life run smoothly ... I have a job that requires the ability to engage people to share very personal information and gain their trust to know it will remain confidential. 'Survivor' will require that same skill set and honestly, I'm good at it. My motto in business, life and now 'Survivor' is 'keep it simple, keep it smart.'"

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Where does Denise Stapley live? Find out here.

Age: ∼45 years old
Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, IA

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