Miss Angola Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011 in a star-studded ceremony in Brazil’s Sao Paolo.
Lopes was a strong contender and raised hopes for her country after making it to the final five contestants. She beat 88 other competitors at the Sao Paulo pageant.
“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said when asked her interview question. “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.”
China’s Luo Zilin came in fourth, Philippines’ Shamcey Supsup was third, Brazil’s Priscila Machado second and Ukraine’s Olesia Stefanko was picked first runners up.
In the top 10 were Australia, Costa Rica, France, Ukraine, Portugal, Panama, Philippines, Angola, China and Brazil.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the pageant that has always picked out the most beautiful of women, matching brains with poise and grace.
This year, the event was held at the Credicard Hall, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Miss Universe 2010 – Ximena Navarrete of Mexico will be passing her crown on to the next beauty.
The event witnessed the participation of contestants from 89 countries surpassing the previous record of 86 participants – as witnessed in 2006.
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Leila is 25 years old and was born in Benguela, Angola.
After graduating high school, Leila pursued studies in business manages in the United Kingdom. While living there, she entered the Miss Angola UK pageant, aimed at Angolan citizens living in the UK, or women with Angolan heritage.
Leila won the contest, enabling her to participate in the Miss Angola 2010 pageant. During the national finals, she won the Miss Angola and Miss Photogenic titles. Leila has also worked as a professional model, and traveled to Brazil to prepare for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.