Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes; born February 26, 1986) is an Angolanbeauty queen who won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010Miss Angola 2010 and later Miss Universe 2011.

Lopes was born on February 26, 1986 in BenguelaAngola. Prior to being a contestant in beauty pageants, she studied business management at University Campus Suffolk in IpswichEngland. Lopes is actively involved in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and the discrimination that people with the disease experience.

http://vipguatemala.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Miss-Universe_Leila-Lopes-2-300x268.jpgMiss Angola UK 2010

While living and studying in England, she participated in Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010. Lopes won the title, giving her the opportunity to represent the British Angolan community in Miss Angola 2011.

Miss Angola 2010

Lopes beat 20 other candidates to be named Miss Angola in Luanda on December 18, 2010, gaining her the right to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011. She also obtained the Photogenic Award during the contest.

Miss Universe 2011

On September 12, 2011, Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in São PauloBrazil, receiving the title from the former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. She is currently the 60th Miss Universe titleholder, and is the first Angolan woman to hold the position.[17] Lopes is the fourth African to win the title since the beginning of the worldwide pageant (South Africa in 1978, Namibia in 1992, Botswana in 1999 and Angola in 2011) and the second African woman of African descent to win following Mpule KwelagobeMiss Universe 1999 from Botswana. Lopes also became the first woman from Angola to win a "Big Four" beauty pageant.[citation needed]

http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/303291_216794965053437_84561816_n.jpgIn October, 2011, Lopes paid a visit to Indonesia where she attended local charity events and Puteri Indonesia 2011 Pageant held at Jakarta Convention Center, inJakarta.

In December, 2011, Lopes was invited to attend the first edition of Miss Gabon Pageant in LibrevilleGabon where she crowned the first Gabonese representative to Miss Universe in history, Marie-Noëlle Ada Meyo from Ngounié Province.

Lopes traveled to DüsseldorfGermany with her sister titleholders Alyssa Campanella and Danielle Doty for a week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour from March 9–14, 2012. During the week, she also participated the Beauty International Trade Show which took place at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

Lopes walked the red carpet of the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival in France on May 23, 2012. She also attended the De Grisogono Glam Extravaganza held at the Hotel Du Cap Eden-Roc in Cap D’Antibes, France on the same day. Prior to her visit to France, she was in LisbonPortugal for a series of photoshoots and television appearances. Her short visit in Portugal was upon the invitation of Maxim Portugal Magazine.

In June, 2012, Lopes embarked on a 5-country West African tour that took her to SenegalCote d'IvoireGhanaTogo and Nigeria. Later that month, Lopes attended the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de JaneiroBrazil.

In October, Lopes traveled to Nicaragua for the "Fashion for Smiles", a spectacular fashion show which organized by Operation Smile Nicaragua with the collaboration from Silhuetas models, took place at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Managua with the participation of 15 of Miss Universe 2012 competitors from the Americas.

So far, during her reign, Lopes has traveled to BrazilSingaporeIndonesiaAngolaBahamasGabonJamaicaSouth AfricaGermanyDominican RepublicPortugalFranceSenegalCote d'IvoireGhanaTogoNigeriaGuyanaNicaraguaNamibiaKenyaMozambique and numerous trips in the USA.

 

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