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Miss Angola is now Miss Universe

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By Leo Reyes     Sep 13, 2011 in Entertainment
Leila Lopes, the 25-year-old Miss Angola, who also won Miss Angola UK in 2010, is now the new Miss Universe in the hotly contested pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil Monday night
Lopez, who beat 88 other contestants from countries all over the world, is the first Angolan to be crowned Miss Universe. She is the fourth African woman to win the Miss Universe title.
"Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," Lopes said when asked her interview question. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principals from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."
Miss Lopez was born in Benguela, Angola on February 26, 1986. She's one of the tallest contestants at 5'10.5" and currently residing and studying in the United Kingdom, taking up business management.
Lopes received the Miss Universe crown from former titleholder Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, who was last year's Miss Universe.
Miss Ukraine, 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko, was the first runner-up while Priscilla Machado of Brazil was second runner-up. Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup was third runner-up and the fourth is Luo Zilin of China.
Other countries that made the top ten were Miss Australia Scherri-lee Biggs, Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano, Miss France Laury Thilleman, Miss Portugal Laura Goncalves and Miss Panama Sheldry Saez.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization said they are celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of the organization.
It's our 60th anniversary, it's a very big show," she said. "We're anticipating close to a billion viewers from around the world."
"Since 1997, two Miss Angolas have been semi-finalists in the top 15 and one made it into the top 10, but Leila Lopes is the first to be crowned with the title" Daily Mail reports.
The show was hosted by Andy Cohen and Natalie Morales, who are both popular American TV personalities.
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