The 25-year old UK student of business management crowned Miss Angola UK is the fourth African winner.
13 September 2011. The 25 year-old Angolan Luliana Leila Lopes da Costa Vieira is the new Miss Universe.
1.79 tall (5.10") with a dashing smile, Leila was born in Benguela, Angola, the daughter of immigrant parents from the Isles of Cape Verde. She studied business management in Great Britain, where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010.
She competed in the 2011 Miss Angola pageant shortly thereafter as the official representative of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom. She won the Photogenic Award and became the final winner of the title, after which she gained the right to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011.
Leila was crowned in the 60th edition of the beauty contest, held in San Paulo, Brazil. She triumphed over the last four competitors In the final selection, on a total of 89: Miss Ukraine, first runner-up, the "hostess" second runner-up, the third, plus Miss Philippines and Miss China.
THE FINAL – As expected, the winner, who until then seemed radiant, at the announcement broke into tears and was "comforted" by the outgoing Miss, the 23-year old Mexican Ximena Navarrete. According to the Regulation, Miss Angola and other competitors first marched in bikini and then in evening dress: Leila chose a miniature two-piece, and to follow a long dress, very classic, champagne coloured and decorated with silver sequins and feathers to match. Remarkably, the audience bestowed a rating of just 3.9 points to the bikini, while the second received far more ponderous 7.2.
COMMITMENT TO AFRICA – In any case, fans were not the ones to decide, but the nine judges of the jury, who addressed her the question: "Tell us a little about you". Answer: "I am very shy. I consider myself a woman of inner beauty. I learned many principles from my wonderful family, and I count on following them for the rest of my life. " Far more interesting were her words after the victory: "I plan to work for my continent, Africa. As Miss Angola I was committed to programs for disadvantaged children, the elderly and the HIV positive. " And racism? "It does not touch me. I think it’s the racists who are in need of help, since they think that way. "
Lopes is the fourth African woman to win the title, the latest African who won is Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999, from Botswana.