Miss Universe Pageant
2011 Miss Universe Pageant
2011 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT
In front of a worldwide audience of approximately one billion viewers, Miss Universe Angola, Leila Lopes was announced Miss Universe 2011 live from Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil. The 60th Annual “MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant” was broadcast live on both NBC and Telemundo.
Miss Universe Angola, Leila Lopes, has loved pageants since she was a little girl and enjoys reading and cosmetics. The 25 year-old from Benguela, Angola is the first winner from her country.
Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC’s “Today” hosted the “2011 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant.” Style Network’s “How Do I Look” Jeannie Mai and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessy provided skybox fashion commentary throughout the LIVE telecast. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, and Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte performed.
The judges who sealed the fate of this year’s winner included: Helios Castroneves, Three-time Winner of the Indianapolis 500; Connie Chung, U.S. Broadcast Legend; Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian Supermodel; Vivica Fox, Actress & Television Producer; Adrienne Maloof, From Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”; Lea Salonga, Tony Award Winner and Actress; Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems; Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003; and Italo Zanzi, Deputy General Secretary of CONCACAF.
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.
Miss Universe 2011: Miss Universe Angola, Leila Lopes
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko will assume the duties of Miss Universe 2011 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Brazil, Priscila Machado.
Rest of Top Ten: Miss Universe Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs; Miss Universe Costa Rica, Johanna Solano; Miss Universe France, Laury Thilleman; Miss Universe Panama, Sheldry Saez; and Miss Universe Portugal, Laura Goncalves.
Rest of Top Sixteen: Miss Universe Kosovo, Aferdita Dreshaj; Miss Universe Colombia, Catalina Robayo; Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Viviana Ortiz; Miss Universe Netherlands, Kelly Weekers; Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella; and Miss Universe Venezuela, Vanessa Goncalves
One lucky contestant, Miss Universe Portugal, Laura Goncalves earned an automatic spot in the semifinals thanks to her fans who voted for her in the first-ever Miss Universe global fan vote.
Miss Photogenic Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Sweden, Ronnia Fornstedt. An expert panel chose the delegate they thought best exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.
Miss Congeniality Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Montenegro, Nikolina Loncar. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.