Angola's Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe
Crediting her smile and her ability "to motivate people" for her win, the 25-year-old vowed to help fight AIDS and poverty. She received her crown from last year's winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
In all, 89 women – who must be single and between the ages of 18 and 27 – competed for the title. The first runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine; second runner-up, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado. The others in 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 God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," reports TIME.com. "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."
Judges included racecar driver Helio Castroneves, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"'s Adrienne Maloof, Vivica A Fox and supermodel Isabelli Fontana. The TV hosts were NBC's Natalie Morales and Bravo's Andy Cohen.