Miss Missouri 2011 competes on "Survivor"

Hope rides in a Mizzou parade as Miss Missouri.

Miss Missouri 2011 is no stranger to the spotlight, but she'll face her biggest audience in the hit CBS show Survivor: Caramoan.

According to our sister station KRCG, Hope Driskill grew up in Jefferson City, graduated from JCHS and MU, and is planning a career in law.

"One of my biggest surprises was finding out that Survivor is very, very, real," Hope told KRCG reporter Teresa Snow. "We had absolutely nothing. We had nothing but the clothes on our back."

Hope said the worst part was a terrible sunburn she suffered on the first day.

While the physical challenges were great, Hope said the mental challenges were even greater.

"The physical endurance helps because you're stranded on an island with nothing," she said. "You're exhausted mentally, physically. No water, and you're competing in these extremely physical challenges, but the main part of the game is your mental strategy and being able to stay strong and stay confident even when everyone around you is not trustworthy. It really, really breaks you down mentally."

Hope said that unlike her time in the Miss USA pageant when there were people behind the scenes to do the contestants' hair and make-up, Survivor had none of that.

"Survivor is the complete opposite," Hope told Snow with a laugh. "I mean I had no makeup, no hair, no shower, no toothbrush."

Driskill is currently in Milan, Italy, working as a model.

You can catch the season premier of Survivor: Caramoan Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 7 p.m. on KHQA CBS. You can also get more information on the Survivor website here.

Click here to read KRCG reporter Teresa Snow's original story.