Leila Lopes Angola
September 13, 2011 by Post Team
Leila Lopes Angola, The newly crowned Miss Universe hopes her victory will help her native country even escape its history of war and poverty, and believes that “racists should seek” to “not normal in the 21st century.”
Leila Lopes Angola on Monday night (Tuesday morning in Manila) became the new Miss Universe, beating beauties of Ukraine, Brazil, Philippines and China, the event celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The candidate of the Philippines, 25 years old Shamcey Supsup, a magna cum laude and natural architecture of General Santos City, finished third finalist in the competition between the 89 young women and watched by an estimated billion people around the world.
Lopes, 25, wearing a strapless fringed bright feathers, accepted the crown from last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, after altering a line of beauty in Latin America that had been the favorite to win.
When asked in the final round by a judge filipino, Broadway star Lea Salonga, what physical feature of itself that would change if given the chance, Lopes said, “Nothing, I am satisfied with what God gave me,” adding it was important that the “inner beauty”.
Murmurs of wonder
Lopes was wearing a light color that contrasts nicely with her dark skin, and held her voluminous hair in a bun that sent murmurs of astonishment through the local press.
“Now I have work to do, and I try to keep our feet on the ground,” he later told reporters Lopes as he struggled to hold back tears after receiving a standing ovation at S? Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo.
She will serve as a global ambassador of the class, with a full schedule of public appearances to raise awareness about AIDS and other serious illnesses.
Speaking in a timid voice, shortly after taking the crown in the largest city in South America, Lopes said, “As Miss Angola have already done much to help my people.”
“I’ve worked with several social causes. I work with poor children, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do whatever my country needs,” he said. “I think now as Miss Universe, I will be able to do more.”
No cosmetic surgery
Responding to questions, Lopes said he had never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three beauty tips went to get a lot of sleep, use sunscreen even when there is no sun and drinking plenty of water. She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.
Asked about racism in light of the fact that it is one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said “racist needs to seek help. It is not normal in the 21st century to think that way.”
First winner of Angola, Lopes deftly handled the interview question that asks the other five participants. “Thank God I’m very pleased with the way God created me and would not change anything,” said Lopes.
“I am a woman with inner beauty. I have acquired many of the wonderful principles of my family and I have the intention to continue these for the rest of my life,” he said.
The first runner was 23 years old, Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner up was local favorite, Priscilla Machado Brazil. The third was Supsup Philippines and China Luo Zilin was fourth.
The contestants spent the last three weeks in S Paulo? Or trying to learn samba dance steps, visiting poor children and kick a soccer ball for the cameras as the Miss Universe came to Brazil for the first time.
She knew what to say
Despite struggling against a favorite country, Lopes won the public speaking in the common language of Portuguese. Angola, Brazil, is a former Portuguese colony.
“She captivated the crowd and everybody was behind it,” said the Brazilian Natalie Bursztyn, 20, who was in the crowd in Credicard Hall.
“It was great that the judges also saw what fans saw and gave him the crown. Her dress was beautiful, and knew exactly what to say when I asked the question about their appearance,” said Bursztyn.
Another fan of the hearing, Carolina Rocha Lopes said winning was “well deserved, it happened all the time. His smile and her kindness was what distinguished it from others. He also answered your question very well, probably helped him a lot. ”
U.S. broadcast journalist Connie Chung was one of the celebrity judges, and said before the competition was taking the competition seriously.
“I know my job and I’m going to be tough, but fair,” said Chung. “Keep in mind that these women are not only objects to be looked at. They are to be taken seriously. I want to choose someone who is serious and the world is serious, too.”
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, was promoted at night.
“It’s our 60th anniversary, is a great show,” he said. “We are anticipating close to a billion viewers around the world.”
Brazil is the place
Shugart said it was appropriate to the world’s largest beauty contest held in Brazil in the middle of the country’s preparations to host some major events in the coming years.
“I do not think there’s any doubt that the rest of the world’s mind that Brazil is the place, between the Olympics and hosting the World Cup,” he said. “I love the fact that they will implement. I always say we’re the ‘World Cup’ of beauty.”
Contestants must not have been married or had children and must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years old on February 1 of the year competition.
The event, organized by the NBC “Today” anchor Natalie Morales Bravo network and Cohen, Andy, was broadcast live on NBC and distributed to about 170 countries.
The competition is coowned by Donald Trump and NBC, and celebrity judges including Chung and two prominent Brazilian, model Isabeli Fontana and Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves.
Elegantly dressed women and men jostled for chances to take pictures with the stars on the red carpet. Some traveled from all over the world to support the contestants.
Dreshaj Jehona, 17, arrived in Kosovo to encourage her sister, Aferdita Dreshaj, which represents the country of Europe.
“It does not matter the result, which is already a winner in our eyes and we are very proud of it,” said Dreshaj. “This has been an incredible experience for her and for us all. It’s great for her to represent our country in an event like this”
There have been blunders-grabbing title to enter the competition this year, unlike previous years have been disputes of various kinds. The show itself went smoothly.
Some participants have complained to local media about the size of the bikinis used in some photo shoots with Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros saying they were “very small”.
That was enough to get laughs in Brazil, where women from all walks of life, not just beauty queens, sports there is little room on the beaches around the country.
Miss USA Alyssa Campanella failed to end a long period of loss of their country in competition. An American has not been elected Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.
The contest began as a swimsuit magazine local Long Beach, California, organized by a swimsuit company.
It was the ninth time the competition took place in Latin America, but the first was hosted by Brazil.
Women of Latin America were the favorite this year after winning the crown in seven of the last 10 contests, and all eyes were on the slender Vanessa Goncalves de Venezuela, which has a beauty pageant circuit highly competitive.
Venezuela won two crowns back in 2008 and 2009-first in the competition with a total of six victories falls only slightly in the United States, with more than 10 times its population.
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