Survivor NZ contestant reveals she had breast reduction surgery just 3 weeks before getting on the show

Publish Date
Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:00AM

Survivor NZ contestant Josefien revealed she was recovering from surgery when she found out she would be on one of the most physically gruelling shows on TV.

Just 3 weeks after undergoing breast reduction surgery, the Blenheim local got the call, meaning she didn't have long to get fighting fit again.

"I actually had breast reduction surgery 3 months before we started filming," the 23-year-old explained to Estelle.

"I had to kind of really get back into shape after doing that and make sure that I wasn't going to rip open during a challenge."


"The surgery was a long time coming and I knew it was going to happen," she said, "Then while I was in recovery at home in bed is when I applied for Survivor because I didn't expect it to be such a quick thing.

"So when the producer called me and was like, 'are you alone?' and I'm like, 'I'm in bed, I have been for the last 3 weeks, but yeah, go ahead' and he told me 'you're going to be on Survivor'."

Josefien was joined on air by fellow Survivor NZ castaways Adam and JT. 

Adam, JT & Josefien play Survive or DIY with Estelle