Miss Angola Now Miss Universe

Leila Lopes wins the top honor
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2011 5:24 AM CDT
PHOTOS: Miss Angola Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe
Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday Sept. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

In a competition that was, for once, scandal-free, Miss Angola Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe last night in Brazil. Get a taste of the evening via the best lines, as reported by the AP:

  • Lopes, 25, during the pageant's Q&A portion: Asked what she would change about her physical appearance, she replied, "Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty."
  • Connie Chung, celebrity judge: "You have to keep in mind that these women are not objects just to be looked at. They're to be taken seriously."

  • Bravo’s Andy Cohen, pageant co-host: "It's a fun job. All I have to do is stand there, smile, and scream the names of countries."
  • Paula Shugart, Miss Universe president, on the pageant’s location: "I don't think there is any doubt in the rest of the world's mind that Brazil is the place, between hosting the Olympics and hosting the World Cup. I love the fact we're going to kick it off. I always say we're the World Cup of beauty."
  • The one tiny hint of a scandal: Some contestants complained about the size of the bikinis they wore in photo shoots. Miss Mexico called them "very small."
  • Lopes' beauty tips: Get lots of sleep, always use sunscreen, and drink a lot of water.
(Read more Leila Lopes stories.)

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