Black is Beautiful | Miss Angola Wins Miss Universe Pageant

Last night Miss Angola, Leila Luliana da Cost Vierra Lopes, won the 2011 edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Miss Vierra Lopes won the contest from a field of 88 competiting beauties, including Trinidad and Tobago's delegate Miss Gabrielle Walcott.

The contest was held in São Paulo Brazil, where the reigning Miss Universe, Mexico's Ximena Navarerete placed the crown on the newly crowned Miss Universe.

It looks like Great Britain can take some pride in Miss Lopes' win since she was initially crowned Miss Angola UK before going on to win the title of Miss Angola and eventually representing her country. I am sure the Angolan community in the UK are celebrating this win tonight.

Miss Lopes continues the trail breaking path set by the first person of color to win the title, Trinidad and Tobago's Janelle "Penny" Commissiong who won the title in the Dominican Republic in 1977. We wish Miss Lopes a successful reign as Miss Universe 2011. Black is indeed beautiful, once again! World Map View from Wikipedia

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