Angola's Leila Lopes takes Miss Universe 2011 crown
Leila Lopes made history for her country yesterday, after becoming the very first Miss Angola to be crowned Miss Universe.
The 25-year-old laughed and smiled as she hugged runner-up Miss Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko, before having her crown firmly placed on her head at the pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The business student from Angola’s seaside city of Beguela, dazzled the panel of judges with both her beauty and brains.
The first runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. Miss Philippines took the third spot and Miss China took the fourth.
The top ten finalists: (L to R) Miss Australia Scherri-lee Biggs Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano, Miss France Laury Thilleman, Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, Miss Portugal Laura Goncalves, Miss Panama Sheldry Saez, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Angola Leila Lopes, Miss China Luo Zilin and Miss Brazil Priscila Machado.
SAO PAULO—A group of 89 beauty queens will don swimsuits, evening gowns and test their interview skills in the hopes of winning the 2011 Miss Universe crown Monday.
Miss Colombia contestant Catalina Robayo raised eyebrows, and the attention of pageant officials, after reportedly donning short frocks without undergarments.
The fashion blunder earned the 22-year-old beauty a strong rebuke from officials who questioned her inappropriate wardrobe choices during last week's events, FOXNews.com reported.
Miss Colombia is confident of winning the Miss Universe 2011
"Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants as what she was doing was totally inappropriate," a source told the website.
"People have been pretty upset by it, there have been photos and media appearances where she has completely had her crotch out."
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation (MUO), said she was floored when she heard the news from her team.
"There were several girls in short dresses which was a little concerning, but when I saw the [commando] picture on the front page of one of the local papers, [I] was very, very surprised," she said.
Miss Universe will be crowned on September 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
UPDATE:12 Sept 2011
Miss Australia is dressed down for being too sexy
Miss Universe Australia has been told to cover up after pageant organisers deemed her clothes too provocative.
Scherri-Lee Biggs, 21, was told her satin evening gown was offensively "see-through" and her bikini way too sexy, News Ltd reported yesterday.
As well as covering up, Biggs was told to make her bikini bottoms larger to ensure they held everything in place when strutting the catwalk.
The controversy follows similar sartorial orders for Miss Colombia, Catalina Robayo, who was told by organisers to wear underwear.
Robayo, one of 89 women competing this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been reprimanded for appearing in tiny skirts with no underwear.
"It's upsetting too many people," she was told.
News Ltd said Biggs had brushed aside her dress drama, declaring: "I'm super-excited about the final and just having heaps of fun with all the girls at rehearsals. Keep your fingers crossed for me Australia!"
Kooey designer Nikki Silverthorne, who designed Biggs' swimsuit, said, "I do think it's a bit silly Scherri may have to alter her dress as it covered a lot more than the bikini."
More Update: 14 Sept 2011
The Miss Universe 2011 pageant courted a fair share of controversy.
An entertainment website reported that Miss China, Luo Zilin, was allegedly photographed with some of the judges in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
Miss Luo, who finished fourth runner-up, even took a photo with one of the judges at his home, said the website.
The website also listed other controversial Miss Universe contestants.
Miss Venezuela, Vanessa Goncalves was labelled "queen of lies" because she denied having plastic surgery on her nose.
There were also other photo-related controversies. Miss Brazil, Priscila Machado's sexy photos were leaked online, while Miss Kosovo, Aferdita Dreshaj was seen in a party photo kissing a girl.
According to a report on Argentinian newspaper Infobae, the newly crowned Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes has been accused of forging documents to enter and qualify the beauty pageant for Angolan community in the United Kingdom – Miss Angola United Kingdom 2010 (held on October 8, 2010).
The report cited a report in MiD DAY that Leila Lopes has never lived outside Angola. To qualify Miss Angola United Kingdom 2010, Leila must have used the forged documents.
The report also claims that her documents were forged by a man named Charles Mukano, which showed her as a student of business management at a British school making her eligible to take part in the contest. Rumours also suggest that Mukano might have allegedly bribed the judges in England so that Lopes win.
There has been no reaction from Leila Lopes herself as well as the Miss Universe Organization.