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Swimsuit Competition

Jenna wins ''Survivor: The Amazon'' -- She and runner-up Matt praise also-ran Rob's play

Jenna Morasca, Survivor: The Amazon | AND THE WINNER IS... The self-proclaimed hottie Jenna
Image credit: Jenna Morasca: Monty Brinton/CBS
AND THE WINNER IS... The self-proclaimed hottie Jenna

Rob Cesternino may have been the most skillful player in ''Survivor: The Amazon'' -- even the two players who beat him thought so. Still, the million-dollar winner ended up being the lazy but crafty Jenna Morasca. The 21-year-old swimsuit model is not only the youngest ''Survivor'' winner, but also the winner by the biggest margin -- a 6-to-1 vote among the jury.

Sunday's two-hour series finale saw Morasca win two immunity challenges, a race through a maze and a balance exercise. First Butch Lockley was voted off, then Cesternino. The final two, Morasca and Matt Von Ertfelda, learned their fates at the live reunion special, which CBS staged at David Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater (New York's Central Park had become too much of a rain forest on Sunday).

Both Morasca and Von Ertfelda praised Centerino's smart play, and the contestants discussed Von Ertfelda's ''honesty and integrity'' strategy. But nice guys finish last on ''Survivor.'' The special ended with host Jeff Probst's announcement that next fall's ''Survivor'' will take place on the Pearl Islands, in shark-infested waters off the coast of Panama.

Originally posted May 12, 2003