Miss Universe 2011 crowned - Find out who won (Spoilers)
One contestant was crowned Miss Universe at the 2011 Pageant, which was held on September 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Warning: Spoiler alert!
Miss Angola Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe, beating out the other 88 competitors.
The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.
The 25-year-old beauty dazzled judges when answering an interview question about what physical trait she would change if she could.
"Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," Lopes said when asked her interview question, according to the Associated Press. "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."
Lopes was born in Benguela, Angola to immigrant parents originally from Cienfuegos, Cuba. She is a business management student in Great Britain. Angola is a county in south-central Africa and Lopes is the country's first Miss Universe winner.
The pageant was hosted by Natalie Morales, news anchor and co-host of NBC's "Today" show and Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live." Among the seven celebrity judges were Connie Chung, Vivica Fox and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Adrienne Maloof.
Before the contest began, judges offered little insight into who they thought might win.
"I know my job and I'll be tough, but fair," said Chung. "You have to keep in mind that these women are not objects just to be looked at. They're to be taken seriously. I want to choose somebody I take seriously and the world takes seriously, too."
Eighty-nine contestants from around the world competed for the Miss Universe crown, including Miss USA Alyssa Campanella. There has not been an American Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.
The contestants spent the past three weeks in Sao Paulo, trying to learn samba dance steps, visiting impoverished children and kicking around a soccer ball.
In order to qualify for the beauty pageant, contestants must never have been married or had children and must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age by Feb. 1 of the competition year.
Local news media reported that some of the contestants complained about the size of the bikinis used in some of the photo shoots, Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros noted that they were "very small."
The pageant started as a local bathing suit revue in Long Beach, California, organized by a swimwear company.
Leila Lopes replaces former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete from Mexico as Miss Universe.
The 2011 Miss Universe pageant aired live at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.