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 a cash cow. More than being a pilot, she has thrived as a reality TV star and actress whose ultimate life goal is to make people happy and become the Eskimo Oprah.
Ariel Tweto Was Born Into a Family That Runs Airline Business
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.
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.
Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska Revolves Around Her Family
The Discovery Channel show aired in 2011 and 2012. It was a documentary television series that chronicled the Tweto family business operations that revolve around transporting goods and people across rural Alaska, as well as Ariel’s aviation journey.
As revealed in the show, Ariel Tweto earned her pilot license on the 21st of April 2021 after several drills and flight training sessions under an FAA examiner.
After three seasons and 31 adventurous episodes that documented milestone events like Ariel’s father’s retirement from the family airline business, as well as acquiring her 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 and 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.
Her Screen Debut Was As A Contestant In ABC’s Wipeout
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 exit in the first season, Ariel Tweto was invited 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 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.
In addition to her career as a pilot and reality TV star, Tweto is also an actress. She attended acting classes and has featured as one of the eight pilots in the 2016 documentary, Flying Again. She appeared in 2018’s The Pipeline and being a sporty adventurer, it is not surprising to know she wrestled in Reality Rumble II.
A private pilot, reality TV star, and actress, Ariel Tweto’s numerous endeavors have surely been financially rewarding. However, nothing is known to the public about her earnings and net worth. 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.
Has Ariel Tweto Been Kissed?
Ariel “Never Been Kissed” Tweto from ABC’s Wipeout is one of those celebrities who prefer to keep details of their personal lives under wraps. However, she has never been married, at least to the best of our knowledge.
Besides admitting that she has never been kissed, not much is known about Ariel’s love life. Perhaps so much or even nothing has changed since Wipeout. 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.
Later, she was romantically linked to Nicholes Cole, however, 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.
The TV Star is a Philanthropist Who Loves Animals a Great Deal
Ariel Tweto is an avid animal lover who keeps two dogs named Olive and Mr. Doo Doo Sid as pets. The adventurous TV star is working on creating Ariel’s View, an animated series that will chronicle her cordial relationship with animals as well as their adventures together.
It is common knowledge that Arie 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.