Miss France getting the nod as a finalist at the Miss Universe pageant, before she went down in defeat. More Miss Universe pageant photos. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

“I still placed before Miss Venezuela and Miss Puerto Rico, who have been redone from head to toe.”

— Miss France Laury Thilleman soothing her hurt feelings about losing the Miss Universe title, in the newspaper France Soir.* Oh, do tell! “You can count the number of redone noses,” at the pageant. “Everything is a little overdone.” Whereas “I remained natural.”

. . . and another rich soundbite from the top 10 finalist:

“She was often in jeans and not wearing makeup. We were all surprised by her win. . . I don’t know, something is missing in her temperament. ”

— Thilleman telling the French magazine Premiere* about her reaction to Miss Angola Leila Lopes’s victory at Miss Universe Monday. She concludes it must have something to do with Angola being a former Portuguese colony like Brazil, site of this year’s pageant. Oooh, guess the Miss Congeniality contest must be over.

*Translations courtesy of Michele Langevine Leiby

Miss Angola Leila Lopes before her crowning. (Andre Penner/AP)

Read more of the translated Premiere interview: ArtsPost: Miss Universe backlash: Miss France speaks out against Miss Angola, 9/14

Earlier: Miss Universe Leila Lopes on her looks, 9/13

Updated 7 p.m.