Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Congratulations Miss Universe 2011 - Miss Angola -Leila Lopes
Congratulations to Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, for wining the Miss Universe Pageant 2011. Angola has had a recent history or war, poverty and death. She has come out as a champion to repair this terrible history. According to a Associated Press article by Bradley Brooks she says the following:
Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes hopes her victory will allow her to assist her native Angola further escape its history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combatting HIV around the globe.
ON HELPING PEOPLE: "as Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people. I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly ... I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."
ON SELF: "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."
ON BEING BLACK: Of course being a black woman someone has to ask the stupid question "about racism in light of the fact that she's one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said that "any racist needs to seek help. It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way."
Congratulations to Angola for having one of their own win the contest. Angola has never had a miss Universe as one of their own.
Trinidad and Tobago has had a winner. Miss Jenelle Penny Commissiong. She won the Miss Universe title as Miss Trinidad & Tobago in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on July 16, 1977. She was the first Black woman to win the title. She was also voted Miss Photogenic in that same contest.
Penny Commissiong - Miss Universe 1977