25-year-old Miss Angola Leila Lopes is the winner of Miss Universe 2011. The business student from Beguela in Angola, Leila Lopes is the first Angolan Miss Universe and only the fourth African woman to win the title. She beat out 88 other contestant on the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant held in Brazilian city of Sao Paulo on Monday night.
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Miss Universe 2010 winner, Miss Mexico Ximena Navarrete crowned Leila Lopes as Miss Universe 2011.
The first runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine, followed by Priscila Machado of Brazil.
The 5 ft 10 1/2 inches tall beauty Lopes was in a glittery strapless gown with silver sequins feathery fringe and gorgeous hairstyle with her voluminous hair pinned up in a bun when she accepted the crown.
”Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life,” Lopes replied through an interpreter, when asked “If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one will it be and why?”
Miss Angola 2011 Leila Lopes faced a tough competition from Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko (1st Runner-up), Miss Brazil Priscila Machado (2ndRunner-up), Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup (3rd Runner-up) and Miss China Luo Zilin (4th Runner-up).
Lopes hopes to help the people of Angola. “I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” she said at the competition. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.” She added, “as Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people” and plans to raise awareness of HIV around the world.
The three other Africans who won the Miss Universe earlier are Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago’s, Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana and Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago.
Congratulations to Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes.
(With inputs from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/)