Africa: Episode 9: Sink Or Swim

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After the emotional double-elimination, the final three girls got to help Oluchi give back as she spoke to an audience of young girls at the Phandulwazi High School in Eastern Cape. Aamotio, fresh from her challenge win and relaxed from her Snapp-sponsored spa day, is feeling particularly zen. But when the Oluchi Mail hints at a water challenge, she turns on some waterworks of her own, much to the chagrin of her housemates.

But she's right to be a little concerned. It's a blistery winter in Cape Town, and the ladies have to be poised, ethereal water nymphs in an advertorial for Snapp, shot by renowned underwater photographer Ilse Moore. While they manage to overcome the elements for the shoot, they would still be judged on their facial expressions, body manipulation, and their featuring of the garment. And nobody knows about all three like this week's guest judge — editor of Elle Magazine South Africa, Jackie Burger, for whom as an added bonus, the winning model will pose in . As an added bonus, Oluchi announces the winner of the competition will also be featured in a fashion editorial in Elle SA.

All the girls get praise for executing under such unforgiving conditions, and they are judged not just by their work on this challenge, cut their entire portfolios. In the end, Aamito and Opeyemi are chosen by Oluchi to make it to the final showdown. As she speaks to a tearful Michaela, Oluchi delivers the devastating surprise one-two punch — not only will Michaela be joining the others in the finale, all three will compete for the crown in New York City, fashion and cultural capital of the world!

Next week, the girls travel to NYC to meet with DNA Model Management. Which of them will measure up, and who will leave with nothing more than a bag of souvenirs?

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