Angolan Leila Lopes elected Miss Universe2011
Luanda, Luanda – The Republic of Angola, through its candidate Leila Lopes, won on Tuesday in São Paulo (Brazil), Africa’s first Miss Universe title. The Angolan representative to the 60th edition of the beauty contest beat the candidates of Ukraine and Brazil, Olesya Stefanko and Priscila Machado, respectively. The contest started with 98 candidates, 16 of whom made to the second phase. Of the qualified 16, highlight went to the candidates of Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, USA, The Philippines, France, Holland, Kosovo, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Ukraine and Venezuela. Leila Lopes (25) was born in Angola’s central Benguela province and is a business management student. The Miss Universe contest was held for the first time in Brazil, witnessed by more than one million spectators from 190 countries. The jury of the 60th edition comprised seven specialists and celebrities, including US television stars, the Brazilian super-model, Isabeli Fontana and the formula pilot, Indy Hélio Castroneves. The contest, organised by the US magnate Donald Trump, gathered candidates with ages from 18 to 27 years.