Miss Angola Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe

In front of a worldwide audience of approximately one billion viewers, Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, was announced Miss Universe 2011 live from Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 60th Annual “Miss Universe Pageant” was broadcast live on both NBC and Telemundo. 

Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, has loved pageants since she was a little girl and enjoys reading and cosmetics. The 25 year-old from Benguela, Angola is the first winner from her country.

Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC’s “Today” hosted the “2011 Miss Universe Pageant.”

Style Network’s “How Do I Look” Jeannie Mai and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessy provided skybox fashion commentary throughout the LIVE telecast. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, and Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte performed.

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.

Final Results:

First Runner-Up:  Miss Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko will assume the duties of Miss Universe 2011 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.

Second Runner-Up:  Miss Brazil, Priscila Machado.

Rest of Top Five: Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup; and Miss China, ZiLin Luo.

Rest of Top Ten: Miss Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs; Miss Costa Rica, Johanna Solano; Miss France, Laury Thilleman; Miss Panama, Sheldry Saez; and Miss Portugal, Laura Goncalves.

Rest of Top Sixteen: Miss Kosovo, Aferdita Dreshaj; Miss Colombia, Catalina Robayo; Miss Puerto Rico, Viviana Ortiz; Miss Netherlands, Kelly Weekers; Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella; and Miss Venezuela, Vanessa Goncalves;

One lucky contestant, Miss Portugal, earned an automatic spot in the semifinals thanks to her fans who voted for her in the first-ever Miss Universe global fan vote.

Miss Photogenic Universe Award: Miss Sweden, Ronnia Fornstedt. The General public voted on www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.

Miss Congeniality Universe Award: Miss Montenegro, Nikolina Loncar. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.

The announcement was made Monday, Sept. 12.

The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women’s health issues

Photo courtesy: The Miss Universe Organization

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