Angolan Beauty Crowned Miss Universe

Leila Lopes of Angola plans to use her new title to combat HIV/AIDS in her country and around the world.

Posted: 09/13/2011 11:23 AM EDT
Filed Under Africa

Former Miss Angola, Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in Tuesday’s competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, beating out finalists from Ukraine, Philippines, China and Brazil.

Lopes told the audience that as Miss Universe her focus will be to assist her country in maintaining peace and working globally to combat HIV.

"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 and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said according to the Associated Press. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”

(Photo: REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker)