By Fungai Maboreke, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
Out of a field of 98 contestants, Leila Lopes of the Republic of Angola is this year’s winner of the coveted Miss Universe prize.
At the Sao Paulo, Brazil, event, Leila came in first place, while the second and third places went to Ukraine and Brazil respectively. Previous African winners were from Botswana and Namibia.
The 25 year old native of central Benguela province is currently a student of business management.
Her selection by the judges was due in part to her answers to test questions. Asked what she would change on her body if given a chance, Leila replied, “Nothing, I’m satisfied with what God has given me,” adding that "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.”
Asked about racism, the tawny beauty queen answered simply: “It’s not normal in the 21st century to think that way.”
In her previous post as Miss Angola, she said: “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---I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”
A lot of bloggers believe that Leila’s new found fame will help bring the Portuguese-speaking African country into the spotlight.
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