Miss Angola 2011, Leila Lopes, left, is crowned the winner of the 2011 Miss Universe Competition by Miss Universe 2010, Mexico’s Ximena Navarrete in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 12, 2011. Lopes, 25, said she plans to focus on fighting HIV around the world.
After winning the title of Miss Universe, Angola’s Leila Lopes, 25, told press that, “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 added: "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."
Newly named Miss Universe Leila Lopes wears her crown proudly as she is congratulated by the other contestants. When asked what she would change about herself during the question-and-answer portion of the competition, Lopes said, “I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing."
Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, left, who came in as first runner-up, embraces Miss Universe winner Leila Lopes. The 23-year-old brunette was the first woman representing the Ukraine to place this high in the Miss Universe competition.
Leila Lopes, right, reacts to the announcement that she has won the MIss Universe competition. She wears a stunning strapless gold and silver gown adorned with feathers.
Brazil’s Priscila Machado, right, takes second runner-up in the Miss Universe competition held in Sao Paulo to loud cheers from her hometown crowd. She thanked them with several air kisses.
The top 10 finalists in the MIss Universe competition stand proudly on stage. From left: Miss Austrailia, Miss Costa Rica, Miss France, Miss Ukraine, Miss Portugal, Miss Panama, Miss Philippines, Miss Angola, Miss China and Miss Brazil.
Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup placed third runner-up at the Miss Universe pageant. When asked by judge Vivica A. Fox whether she would change her religion for the person she loved, Supsup answered with a definitive no.
Controversy surrounded Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, whose evening gown almost didn't get cleared because it was too sheer.
Miss China 2011 Luo Zilin was a favorite going into the competition. She made it into the top five, but placed as fourth runner-up after an odd answer during the question portion. When asked about her thoughts regarding public nudity, Zilin said through a translator, "Every country has its rules and regulations...We should respect them and be more understanding."
Miss USA Alyssa Campanella was eliminated after making it to the top 16.
China’s Luo Zilin poses in her bikini on stage. The beauty says that she used to be insecure about her 6-foot height, but has grown more confident about it over the years.
Miss Universe 2011 contestants pose in swimsuits.
Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko wears a bikini as she competes in the Miss Universe pageant. She came in first runner-up to Miss Angola Leila Lopes.
Miss Angola 2011 Leila Lopes poses on stage in a golden-hued bikini. She went on to win Miss Universe.
Miss Universe 2011 contestants participate in the 60th annual Miss Universe beauty pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.