Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes born February 26, 1986, is an Angolan beauty pageant queen who won the title during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. She is currently a business management student in Great Britain;
Leila Lopes made history for her country in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011, , after becoming the very first Miss Angola and the second black African woman to be crowned Miss Universe. Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana was the first black African to win Miss Universe title in 1999. Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago became the first woman of African descent to be crowned Miss Universe, in 1977
When crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes said she wants to help her native Angola continue it escape from a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe.
"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," she said. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."
Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were to get a lot of sleep, use sunblock even when it's not sunny and to drink lots of water. She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.
Asked about racism in light of the fact that she's one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said that "any racist needs to seek help."
"It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way."