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September 23, 2011

Spotlight: Angolan, Leila Lopes crowned Miss Universe


The 60th annual Miss Universe Pageant crowned a new winner during the live broadcast from São Paolo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. For only the second time in the history of the pageant, a Black African woman has won. Miss Angola, Leila Lopes was given the title of Miss Universe 2011.

Contestants from 88 countries battled it out for the crown in the main categories of swim-wear, evening wear and the interviews. Lopes captured the hearts of the world with one of her answers addressing a worldwide concern among women everywhere. Inner beauty. Men don’t often think about this, but the pressure of always being beautiful is one that affects women from all walks of life. Many men want to have a woman on their arm that’s considered beautiful by the world’s standards, however the reality of what is inside stands paramount to all else.

Lopes is certainly a woman who knows that her exterior shell is not the most important thing. Most men watch the pageant to see ladies in swimsuits and beautiful gowns. This year it was likely you missed it if you’re a football fan since it aired the same night as Monday night football.

For those who missed it, in the interview process when she was asked “If you could change one of your personal characteristics which one would it be and why?” She quickly responded with, “Thank God, I’m very well satisfied with the way God created me and I would not change a thing. I consider myself a woman with inner beauty. I have my principles. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow this through the rest of my life.” These are certainly the words of a confident woman. Her statement exemplifies true beauty inside and out and is a great example of powerful inspiration for women everywhere.

It’s unfortunate that since winning the title, ‘haters’ have come out and said negative things, but Lopes has maintained a positive attitude throughout. Most recently Miss France was reported to have made some remarks regarding the win. Attitudes like that only serve to prove why Miss Angola is such a bright, positive but humble woman who is very deserving of the win.

Lopes is a business student and plans on using her new public profile to make a difference in the causes she is passionate about. She told the Associated Press that she’s already worked with various social causes benefitting less fortunate children and that being Miss Angola has already helped make a difference. “I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything my country needs. I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more,” she said. The 25-year-old stunner also plans to help the fight against HIV in her home country of Angola and around the world.

About the Author

Ivy Prosper is a freelance writer, public speaker and television reporter and host. Her work has been featured in various publications including ehow.com, BizComb Magazine, and on her fashion blog styleandcultureblog.com. Through her career she has worked in fashion buying, design and as a fashion model. She has also worked in television as a Host, Reporter and script-writer.



One Comment

  1. water

    yumm yumm still. angola huh? wish i was there to see it all in brazil… ohhh … brazil. mmmmm

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