Highlights of the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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(L-R) Miss Angola Leila Lopes receives the Miss Universe crown from Ximena Navarrete, 2010 Miss Universe from Mexico. Lopes is the first Angolan to win the title. The Philippines' bet, Shamcey Supsup, was named third runner-up at the pageant.


The most beautiful day on earth has come to an end, but definitely not with remorse.

The world is celebrating the first victory of Angola as its 25-year-old representative Leila Lopes bagged the coveted Miss Universe crown at the pageant's 60th staging on September 12 (September 13 in the Philippines) at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Featuring 87 beautiful ladies from all over the world, the competition brought cheers and tears to fans who were tuned in to the live telecast, including Filipinos rooting for Miss Philippines candidate Shamcey Supsup.

The 25-year-old architect from General Santos City was an early crowd favorite garnering 2,067,267 votes from an unofficial poll conducted by Latin American website Telemundo.

It's easy to say that the country took a halt as supporters braced themselves for the results.

The show opened with all the ladies taking the stage one by one and greeting the audience.

NBC'S Today host Natalie Morales and Bravo TV'S Andy Cohen from Watch What Happens: Live hosted the program, while Brazilian music sensations Claudia Leitte and Bebel Gilberto performed live.

In between segments, the candidates' adventures around Sao Paulo were shown via a montage of photos and videos taken during their month-long stay in the city.

Soon, 87 was cut down to 16 and the lucky girls called out were Miss France Laury Thilleman, Miss Kosovo Aferdita Dreshaj, Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo, Miss China Luo Zilin, Miss Angola Leila Lopes, Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, Miss Puerto Rico Viviana Ortiz (who was celebrating her birthday), Miss Brazil Priscila Machado, Miss Netherlands Kelly Weekers, Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko, Miss Panama Sheldry Saez, Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano, Miss Portugal Laura Goncalves (who was included in the list after she won the official online poll at the Miss Universe website), Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup and Miss Venezuela Vanessa Goncalves.

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The candidates modeled their swimwear by Catalina Brasil and were judged by viewers live through the NBC website and the panel of judges, which included Filipino Broadway star Lea Salonga, actress Vivica A. Fox and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega.

The list was cut shorter to ten, leaving Australia, Costa Rica, France, Ukraine, Portugal, Panama, Philippines, Angola, China and Brazil in competition.

Next came the evening gown competition and announcement of the Top 5 candidates—Mss. Ukraine, Philippines, China, Brazil and Angola.

Eventually, the hierarchy was revealed, with Miss China Luo Zilin as fourth runner-up.

She was followed by Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado, Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko as third, second and first runners- up respectively.

And, finally the new Miss Universe Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned by 2010 Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.


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