“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 pageant. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”
Leila Lopes, at the age of 25, has brains and beauty. She is the first woman from Angola and the fourth black woman to be crowned Miss Universe, following in the footsteps of Trinidad & Tobago’s Janelle Commissiong, Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana and Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago. Lopes currently studies business management in Great Britain and also became Miss Angola U.K. on October 8, 2010 as an ex-pat to the country.
Lopes is also a strong believer of natural beauty as well. She’s never been under the knife and says that sleep, sunblock, and water are the three things that keep her looking dazzling.
“I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty,” she said. “I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”