Miss Angola Leila Lopes crowned Miss Universe 2011

Miss Angola Leila Lopes on Tuesday was crowned Miss Universe 2011 in a star-studded ceremony in Brazil’s Sao Paolo. Ukraine’s Olesya Stefanko was the first runner-up while Brazil’s Priscila Machado was the second runner-up.

The 25-year-old Lopes is Angola’s first winner. She beat out 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

Vasuki, a 26-year-old from Hyderabad, representing India at the pageant in Brazil this year. She is a lawyer by profession. She was crowned I Am She – Miss Universe India on July 15, 2011 in Mumbai.Vasuki is also a state level basketball player and a trained dancer. After the top 10 list of finalists was announced Vasuki tweeted “sorry. if I upset many. I did give it my best shot. may the most deserving girl win..”

In the top 10 were Australia, Costa Rica, France, Ukraine, Portugal, Panama, Philippines, Angola, China and Brazil.

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