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Leila Lopes


  • Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes (born February 26, 1986) is an Angolan beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Angola UK 2010Miss Angola 2010 and later Miss Universe 2011.
  • In São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011, She became the first Angolan Miss Universe and the 60th titleholder. Lopes received the title from the former Miss Universe titleholder, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. Lopes is the fourth African to win the title since the beginning of the worldwide pageant (South Africa in 1978, Namibia in 1992, Botswana in 1999 and Angola in 2011) and the second African woman of Black African descent to win following Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999 from Botswana. Lopes also became the first woman from Angola to win a "Big four" beauty pageant.
  • Lopes title now faces serious questioning following allegations that false documents were used to help her get into an earlier pageant, where a win effectively put her into the main competition, according to British media reports. The new allegations arose claiming that her documents were falsified in order to show a legal residence status in the United Kingdom and win the qualifying Miss Angola UK contest. If proven true, she may lose her Miss Universe title. The report claimed that a man named Mukano Charles an Angolan promoter, helped falsify documents identifying her as a student of business management at a British school and may have even bribed judges in England to ensure Lopes’s win, enabling her to enter and win the contest in the United Kingdom.

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