Leila Lopes, the 25-year-old beauty from Angola, Africa, beat out 88 competitors to win the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant on September 12. She is one of only a handful of black women ever to be awarded that crown.

The soft-spoken stunner said she believes her smile and her ability to motivate others were her biggest weapons in the competition. “I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty,” she said. “I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

During the interview segment of the pageant, Lopes was asked if she’s ever had plastic surgery to augment or alter any of her physical traits. She responded confidently, “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Regarding her reign, Lopes intends to use her win to further her work serving her fellow Angolans. “As Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people,” she said. “I’ve 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. I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”

When asked to share her thoughts about racism, Lopes replied, “Any racist needs to seek help. It’s not normal in the 21st century to think in that way.”

Miss Lopes’ beauty tips for young women who want to look and feel their best are simple: Get a lot of sleep, use sun block even when it’s not sunny and drink lots of water.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Leila! She is an amazing display of the beauty of black women.

  • Pingback: Miss Universe Leila Lopes | Sarasota Plastic Surgeon()

  • Eervin44

    Congratulation Ms. Lopes!  You deserve crown:)  So Beautiful & Gorgeous:)

  • Tami

    Congrats to her, she is so pretty!

  • Robert

    Interesting headline.  Was it necessary to point out the skin color?  I personally don’t think so.  The story is great and she clearly is a beautiful, talented woman.  The color shouldn’t be the highlight.

    • JazzyShiron

      Unfortunately on other websites there are a ton of racist comments, so apparently skin color IS an issue, that’s the price of being black in this world, whether we like it or not! 

      Nevertheless, Congrats on Miss Angola, a beautiful black woman and Miss Universe! 

    • JazzyShiron

      Unfortunately on other websites there are a ton of racist comments, so apparently skin color IS an issue, that’s the price of being black in this world, whether we like it or not! 

      Nevertheless, Congrats on Miss Angola, a beautiful black woman and Miss Universe! 

    • Jtshrop

      Oh, Robert stop it. Just stop. You don’t feel that race is a problem in America because you are not a victim of it. People who are not victims of something cannot sympathize with the people who have to deal with it on a daily basis. Your comment reeks with ignorance of how things really are in America. 

    • Novelistkc

      Two reasons why “brown-skinned” belongs in the headline:1. It is a rarity for a black woman to win this crown, and even more rare for the winner to have an abundance of pigment. (the headline is a CELEBRATION that these judges have opened their minds about what is beautiful.)2. Some Africans are not brown-skinned (Charleze Theron, for example) The headline announces that this African woman is.

  • Pingback: The New Miss Universe Hasn’t Had Plastic Surgery – Styleite | newzbuff.com()