Angola Native Leila Lopes Wins Miss Universe Crown

Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011 on Monday night.

Miss Universe 2011, the 60th edition of the pageant was held at Sao Paulo, Brazil. She beat out 88 other competitors to win the title, replacing last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

The 25-year-old Lopes is Angola’s first winner. She smoothly handled an interview question about what physical trait she would change if she could by stating it was her inner beauty and principles that counted most.

The contestants from 89 countries and territories, must be women who had never married or had children and who must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age by Feb. 1 of the competition year. They were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.

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