- Category: News
22 Sep 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
NNPA News Service
Out of a field of 98 contestants, Leila Lopes of the Republic of Angola is this year’s winner of the coveted Miss Universe prize.
| Leila Lopes|
The 25-year-old native of central Benguela province is currently a student of business management.
Her selection by the judges was due in part to her answers to test questions. Asked what she would change on her body if given a chance, Lopes replied, “Nothing, I’m satisfied with what God has given me,” adding that, “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.”
Asked about racism, the tawny beauty queen answered simply: “It’s not normal in the 21st century to think that way.”
In her previous post as Miss Angola, she said: “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. I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”
A lot of bloggers believe that Lopes’s new found fame will help bring the Portuguese-speaking African country into the spotlight.
(Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network)