On Monday night Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.The contest took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Lopes, 25 is Angola’s first winner, who beat out 88 competitors during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty 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, namely what physical trait she would change if she could. “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.”
During the contest, 89 contestants, each from a different country, on six continents, spent the past three weeks in Sao Paolo, learning samba steps, visiting poor children and playing football for the cameras, as the contest was held for the first time in Brasil.
Before the contest began, judges offered little insight into who they thought might win.
“I know my job and I’ll be tough, but fair,” said pageant judge and journalist Connie Chung. “You have to keep in mind that these women are not objects just to be looked at. They’re to be taken seriously. I want to choose somebody I take seriously and the world takes seriously, too.”