A Business Management student and a native of Benguela, Angola Leila Lopes bested 88 other lovely ladies and was named Miss Universe 2011 outwitting Ms. Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine to the crown. Ms. Lopes is a student in Great Britain where she was also crowned Miss Angola U.K.
Completing her royal court are first runner-up Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, second runner-up Miss Brazil Priscilla Machado, third runner-up Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup and fourth runner-up Miss China ZiLin Luo.
Judge Lea Salonga asked Ms. Angola her final question: “Good evening. If you could change one of your personal characteristics, which one would it be and why?”
“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.”
The pageant was held in Sao Paolo, Brazil with judges Brazilian IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, erstwhile news anchor Connie Chung, Brazilian modelIsabela Fontana, actress Vivica Fox, “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” Adrienne Maloof, Filipina singer Lea Salonga and 2003 Miss Universe (Dominican Republic) Amelia Vega and was was co-hosted by NBC’s Natalie Morales and Bravo’s Andy Cohen.