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Angola’s Leila Lopes crowned Miss Universe 2011 (Video)

Leila Lopes.

GALLERY: Click the image above to view photos from the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant .

Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011 Monday in Brazil, beating out 88 other international beauty queens for the title.

The 25-year-old is the first woman from the African country to win the pageant, the Associated Press reports. When asked about racism after her victory, Lopes responded, “It’s not normal in the 21st century to think that way.”

Of the charitable deeds she performed as Miss Angola, Lopes said she’s “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.”

(BlogPost: A primer on Angola)

While Lopes wowed the judges with her beauty, it was an answer to a question about her looks that seemingly cinched her victory. When asked what “physical characteristics” she would change, Lopes answered, “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

“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,” she said.

Watch Lopes deliver her winning answer and become Miss Universe below.


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