A natural optimist from the polar region of Alaska, Ariel Tweto is working hard to stamp her family name and that of her people in history books. Though born with a silver spoon, Ariel chose to carve a niche for herself outside the family business and has gone on to become the most famous Tweto yet!
The Native American is an adventurer at heart who loves flying and has successfully turned her passion into profit. Explore lesser-known facts about the private pilot, reality TV star, and actress whose ultimate life goal is to make people happy and also to become the Eskimo Oprah!
Ariel Eva Tuadraq-Atauchaq Tweto is a native American born on December 14, 1987. She and her sister Ayla were raised in their hometown of Unalakleet in Nome Census Area, Alaska. Ariel first attended East High School, Emerson College and later Chapman University.
Family – Parents, Sister
The daughter of Ferno and Jim Tweto, Ariel Tweto had a comfortable upbringing as she was born into a business-inclined family. The Twetos ran a family airline business which explains where Ariel picked her flying interests from.
An adventurous kid, Ariel apparently had supportive parents and learned a lot from their Alaska-based business which primarily transports people and supplies across the polar region. Though she no longer lives in her hometown, Ariel has strong family values. She shares a very close bond with her sister Ayla and does not hesitate to visit her family as often as possible.
Ariel Tweto made her screen debut in 2008 as one of the twelve participants in ABC’s popular game-show, Wipeout. Though she didn’t win the cash prize, Ariel’s adventurous spirit and charming personality made her increasingly endearing to fans. She was an original cast member and appeared in four episodes of the show between 2008 and 2009. It was in the show that she was nicknamed ‘never been kissed’ by a fellow contestant after admitting that she had truly never been kissed at the time.
Interestingly, after her initial exit in the first season, Ariel “never been kissed” Tweto was called back by the showrunners to participate in the all-star episode of the second season.
Tweto’s impressive performance in her debut show did not go unnoticed and soon more opportunities came calling. Her next TV project was in collaboration with Discovery Channel reality who offered to run a show based on her family’s airline business. Thus Flying Wild Alaska was born in 2011.
The Discovery Channel show chronicled and documented the Tweto family business operations transporting goods and people across rural Alaska, as well as Ariel’s aviation journey. After several drills and flight training sessions under an FAA examiner, the Flying Wild Alaska star earned her pilot license on April 21, 2012.
After three seasons and 31 adventurous episodes (between 2011 and 2012) including milestone events like Ariel’s father’s (Era’s chief operating officer) retirement from the family airline business as well as acquiring her own pilot license, Flying Wild Alaska drew the curtain.
The Discovery Channel reality show is arguably Ariel Tweto’s breakthrough on TV. She has since followed up with other screen credits such as appearances on Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show, as well as hosting the Miss USA Alaska pageant for two consecutive years (2013 – 2014). More recently, Ariel is seen on Travel Channel’s Travel Alaska, a show which premiered in November 2017 and explores Alaska’s magnificence and cultural diversity.
In addition to her career as a pilot and reality TV star, Tweto is also an actress. She attended acting/film classes and has featured as one of the eight pilots in the 2016 documentary, Flying Again, and appeared in 2018’s The Pipeline. A sporty adventurer, Ariel also wrestled in the Reality Rumble II.
Ariel Tweto’s Net Worth
A natural optimist, private pilot, reality TV star, and actress, Ariel Tweto’s numerous efforts have sure brought financial rewards. However, neither Flying Wild Alaska star’s earnings nor net worth has been disclosed. Since Ariel is actively involved in the Tweto family business, she is believed to benefit directly or indirectly from her father’s impressive net worth estimated at $20 million.
Ariel Tweto – Boyfriend or Husband if Married
Ariel “Never Been Kissed” Tweto from ABC’s Wipeout show is one of those celebrities who prefer to keep details of their personal lives under wraps. However, she has never been married…at least not yet! Besides admitting that she has never been kissed before at her debut show, not much is known about Ariel’s love life.
Perhaps so much or even nothing has changed since after Wipeout. Moreover, while on the show, Tweto was speculated to have dated her trainer, John Ponts, but the Alaska pilot quickly dismissed the rumors, stating that Ponts was more like a brother to her. Again, she was later romantically linked to Nicholes Cole, but the reports remain unconfirmed. Given the uncertainty of Ariel’s relationship status, it is safe to say she is presumably focused on her career and is possibly single.
- Animal Lover
Ariel Tweto is an avid animal lover who keeps two dogs, Olive and Mr. Doo Doo Sid as pets. In fact, the adventurous TV star is working on creating Ariel’s View, an animated series which will chronicle her cordial relationship with animals as well as their adventures together.
The Native American private pilot has a slim physique. Ariel Tweto stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 45 kg.
- Social Media
Tweto has an active social media life. She has amassed a sizeable fanbase on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram where she shares her pictures and exciting adventures with teeming fans.
It is common knowledge that Ariel Tweto is a philanthropist who runs a nonprofit Popping Bubbles, which is dedicated to suicide prevention in rural villages. Having lost friends and family to suicide in rural Alaska communities, Ariel is working to change the mindset of kids in such suicide-prevalent communities.
More so, Tweto admits that she grew up never seeing an Alaska Native on TV and wants to change that narrative. Doing her best to live by example, Tweto hopes to continue appearing in shows and someday become the Eskimo Oprah that will inspire the younger generation to greatness.