We take it for granted that beauty queens are going to be, well, beautiful. But the newly crowned Miss Universe isn’t just beautifyl, she’s disarmingly and regally gorgeous. While some (read: most) of the other contestants at last night’s competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil looked a little, uh, trashy, Miss Angola Leila Lopes exuded grace and charm all the way to the crown.
Despite this, at the press conference afterward, Lopes kept getting questions about her personal appearance. One reporter asked if she’d ever had cosmetic surgery, and she said no. Her beauty tips? Lots of sleep, lots of water and lots of sunscreen. When she was on stage during the question and answer portion, she said those things — and the way she was raised — have kept even the idea of altering her appearance out of her head.
“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes 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.”
Those principles will lead Lopes to do good with her title. She’s vowed to continue in the fight against HIV and poverty in her native Angola, and she plans on lending her voice to various other social causes, too.
Lopes is the second African to take home the title, and the third black woman to wear the crown in the competition’s 59-year history. She beat delegates from the Ukraine, Brazil, the Philippines and China in the top five.
Take a look at the new queen of the universe below.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.