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Angolan takes Miss Universe crown

Leila Lopes from Angola has been crowned as the new Miss Universe.

Lopes, 25, beat 88 other competitors to win the title in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It was the 60th anniversary of the world's biggest beauty pageant.

Lopes took the crown from Mexico's Ximena Navarrete.

The pageant aired live on NBC. More than one billion people were expected to have watched the event.

"Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," Lopes said when asked her interview question.

"I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principals from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."

The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.

The Miss Universe contest started as a local bathing revue in Long Beach, California.


From Belfast Telegraph