As part of African Business Review’s look back at the biggest news from 2011, we revisit a story from ~September.


Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, has been crowned Miss Universe 2011 at the annual ceremony held this time in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The 25-year-old, from the town of Benguela in Angola, is only the fourth contestant from Africa to ever win the world's most famous beauty pageant.

This year's contest was the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe competition, which is organised by businessman Donald Trump's company.

Runner-up was Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko,

Lopes impressed the judges with her beauty and brains, telling the audience and the judges that she would not change her physical appearance if given the chance.

"I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty," she told the judges and the audience. "I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family, and I plan to follow those through the rest of my life."

Lopes is the first ever winner from Angola. The last African winner was Botswanan Mpule Kwelagobe in 1999.

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