And The Miss Universe Winner Is…

Last night the crown was passed down and placed upon a new Miss Universe contestant. The 2011 winner of the Miss Universe pageant is Leila Lopes of Angola. The pageant was hosted by Miss Lopes’ fellow Portuguese speaking country, Brazil. As this year marked the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant, this was quite the special event. The first Miss Universe pageant, not yet named with such prestige, was held in Long Beach, California as a local swimsuit variety show by a swimsuit company in the area. Since then the event has become huge and is even co-owned by the famous American business man, Donald Trump, along with broadcasting company, NBC. The evening also marked as an important event for Brazil. Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization explains, “It’s our 60th anniversary, it’s a very big show,” she said. “We’re anticipating close to a billion viewers from around the world.” With all of this excitement it, Brazil better get used to it as they are scheduled to host a few more events in the coming seasons. “I don’t think there is any doubt in the rest of the world’s mind that Brazil is the place, between hosting the Olympics and hosting the World Cup,” she said. “I love the fact we’re going to kick it off. I always say we’re the ‘World Cup’ of beauty.”

Our newly crowned Miss Universe, Leila Lopes was continuously praised on her answers to the questions asked in one of the rounds of the competition. When Leila was questioned about ‘what physical trait she would change if she could,’ Leila responded with, “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.” Leila Lopes was also asked about racism, and Leila simply responded, “Any racist needs to seek help. It’s not normal in the 21st century to think in that way.”

Leila Lopes’ ease in answering the prompted questions was very comforting to the judges, and after she was crowned Miss Universe Leila said, “”as Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people. I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” Miss Universe, Leila Lopes said. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”


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