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Miss Universe Pageant
Originally posted 09/13/2011 11:00AM
She's got the whole world in her hands. Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes of Angola touts herself as a activist whose reign will be devoted to battling AIDS and poverty.
"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," she said at the event. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."
Standing 5',10", the 25-year-old also cited her smile as being her biggest asset in Monday night's competition.
But what else is there to the new woman in the spotlight, whose good looks and charm were evident during the ceremony? Here are five facts about the pageant winner:
Originally posted 09/13/2011 07:15AM
Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, a business student from the town 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 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.
Originally posted 09/12/2011 03:35PM
Eighty-nine contestants from around the world will compete for the Miss Universe crown on Monday.
Among those competing is Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, an auburn-haired beauty from California, who has been praised for her eloquence, poise and outgoing personality. While no American has been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997, many are hoping Campanella will bring home the crown.
Other fan favorites include Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Venezuela Vanessa Gonçalves and Miss Mexico Karín Ontiveros.
Originally posted 08/24/2009 08:55AM
Beauty is blossoming in South America. On Sunday, Venezuela became the first nation ever to have repeat winners in the Miss Universe pageant, as Stefania Fernandez took the 2009 title during a live televised event from the Bahamas.
The 18-year-old was crowned by her countrywoman Dayana Mendoza, who won in 2008.
The first runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee De La Cruz. Miss Kosovo, Gona Dragusha, was named second runner-up. Rounding out the top five were Miss Australia, Rachael Finch, and Miss Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos Perez.
Originally posted 07/14/2008 09:45AM
In what is getting to be a habit, the Miss USA contestant in the Miss Universe pageant has tripped and fallen for the second year running.
Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart slipped during the evening-gown competition at the 57th annual Miss Universe pageant in Vietnam on Sunday.
Following her introduction, Stewart appeared to catch her shoes on her gown and took a tumble. She responded by smiling and raising her hands and arms above her head to clap for the crowd.
Originally posted 12/02/2007 01:30PM
And the plot thickens in the Miss Puerto Rico pepper-spray incident.
Authorities investigating allegations that Miss Puerto Rico Universe Ingrid Marie Rivera's dress and makeup were sabotaged with pepper spray during a Nov. 24 pageant in San Juan found no traces of the substance in her belongings, Reuters reports.
Originally posted 11/28/2007 08:50AM
Miss Puerto Rico Ingrid Marie Rivera says her alleged pepper-spray incident – and the controversy it has sparked – will not trip her up on the road to the Miss Universe pageant.
"Now I'm heading to Miss Universe," Rivera, 24, told Meredith Vieira during a friendly interview on Wednesday's Today show. "Where you got a will, there's a way. With God in my mind always, like I block myself through anything negative that could pass through my mind."
Originally posted 11/27/2007 08:55AM
The mystery surrounding the alleged pepper spraying of Puerto Rico's 2008 Miss Universe contestant's belongings is nothing to sneeze at.
Police are now said to be investigating just how Ingrid Marie Rivera was able to stop crying between camera appearances at Saturday's pageant, if indeed her gown and makeup had been sabotaged with the spray, as she asserts, NBC News reports.
Originally posted 05/29/2007 03:00PM
Ten seconds Miss USA Rachel Smith would probably like to forget: Slipping and landing on her behind while modeling her evening gown at Monday night's Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City. (See video below.)
Originally posted 07/24/2006 08:50AM
Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.
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