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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Leila Lopes: Miss Universe 2011

Born in Benguela, Angola, Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes, a 25-year old Business Management student in Great Britain, was crowned Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010; the official representative of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom to the 2011 Miss Angola pageant.

She stands 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in) tall. She competed on December 18, 2010 as one of 21 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Miss Angola, held in Luanda, where she obtained the Photogenic Award and became the eventual winner of the title, gaining the right to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011.

She was crowned winner of 2011 Miss Universe in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011, becoming the first Angolan Miss Universe. Lopes received the title from the former Miss Universe titleholder, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. Lopes became the fourth African woman to win the title. The last african who won is Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999 from Botswana.

 Leila Lopes

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