Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, a business student from the city of Benguela, was crowned Miss Universe at Monday’s 60th annual pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Crediting her smile and her ability “to motivate people” for her win, the 25-year-old vowed to assist fight AIDS and poverty. She received her crown from last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
In all, 89 women – who have to be single and between the ages of 18 and 27 – competed for the title. The primary runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine; second runner-up, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado. The others within the Top 5 were Miss Philippines and Miss China.
When asked what she might change about herself, Lopes replied: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way in which God created me and that i wouldn’t change a thing,” reports TIME.com. “I consider myself a lady endowed with inner beauty. I’VE acquired many wonderful principles from my family and that i intend to follow these for the remainder of my life.”
Judges included racecar driver Helio Castroneves, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”‘s Adrienne Maloof, Vivica A Fox and supermodel Isabelli Fontana. The television hosts were NBC’s Natalie Morales and Bravo’s Andy Cohen.