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Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes

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Miss Universe 2011 is Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, who captured the hearts of the audience and judges before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of one billion viewers during the live telecast on NBC and Telemundo from the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  

She was crowned the 60th Miss Universe winner.

Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, is the new Miss Universe 2011
Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, is the new Miss Universe 2011.

During the two-hour pageant competition, contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.

The statuesque 25 year-old from Benguela, Angola is the first winner from her country. She bested contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories from around the world. 

During the swimsuit competition, Lopes was a standout in a cheerful yellow bikini that flattered her deep complexion.

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes in evening gown competition
Leila Lopes Miss Angola, in the evening gown competition on her way to being named Miss Universe 2011.

In the evening gown competition, she looked every inch the future Miss Universe wearing a light yellow beaded strapless gown, with her hair worn tightly upswept into a bun.

During the all important final on-stage question, Lopes was asked: "If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?”

She answered,

"Thank God, I am very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing. I am beautiful and principled. 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, who has loved pageants since childhood, enjoys reading and cosmetics.

Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 final question
Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 as she completes her final on-stage question.

The judging panel for this year included:

  • Helios Castroneves, Three-time Winner of the Indianapolis 500
  • Connie Chung, U.S. Broadcast Legend
  • Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian Supermodel
  • Vivica Fox, Actress & Television Producer
  • Adrienne Maloof, from Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
  • Lea Salonga, Tony Award Winner and Actress
  • Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems
  • Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003
  • Italo Zanzi, Deputy General Secretary of CONCACAF
Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011
Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011.

At the conclusion of the broadcast, Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.  

Final Results:

  • First Runner-Up: Miss Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko
  • Second Runner-Up: Miss Brazil, Priscila Machado

Rest of Top Five:

  • Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup
  • Miss China, ZiLin Luo
Rest of Top Ten:
  • Miss Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs
  • Miss Costa Rica, Johanna Solano
  • Miss France, Laury Thilleman
  • Miss Panama, Sheldry Saez
  • Miss Portugal, Laura Goncalves

Rest of Top Sixteen:

  • Miss Kosovo, Aferdita Dreshaj
  • Miss Colombia, Catalina Robayo
  • Miss Puerto Rico, Viviana Ortiz
  • Miss Netherlands, Kelly Weekers
  • Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella
  • Miss Venezuela, Vanessa Goncalves
  • Miss Portugal (via Miss Universe global fan vote)


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