published Monday, September 12th, 2011

Leila Lopes of Angola is crowned Miss Universe

Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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SAO PAULO — Leila Lopes from Angola has been crowned as the new Miss Universe.

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

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

Lopes has taken the crown from Mexico’s Ximena Navarrete.

The pageant aired live on NBC. More than 1 billion people were expected to have watched the event.

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

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