Meet the New Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Entertainment Sep. 13, 2011 AT 8:40AM
Meet the New Miss Universe Leila Lopes Credit: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Greetings, your Majesty!

Leila Lopes -- Miss Angola -- was crowned Miss Universe in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday night, beating out 88 other beauties in the 60th anniversary of the world's biggest beauty pageant.

Lopes, 25, is the first Angola native to capture the crown -- and strives to help her native land leave behind its history of war and poverty; she's also dedicated to fighting HIV worldwide.

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"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," Lopes told reporters. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."

The stunner was poised during the Q&A period of the show (broadcast live on NBC and hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen and Natalie Morales, with veteran TV anchor Connie Chung and Real Housewives' Adrienne Maloof among the celebrity judges) -- and said there's not a thing she'd change about her physical appearance.

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"Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," she said. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."

Lopes' near-rivals included first runner up Olesia Stefanko (Miss Ukraine), and second runner-up Priscilla Machado.

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California's Miss USA Alyssa Campanella did not rank in the top five; an American has not been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee in 1997.

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