Miss Universe Comes from a World Away — Angola

September 14, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — At the Miss Universe pageant Monday, Lelia Lopes of Angola emerged from a field of 89 beauty queens to win the crown. She is the first contestant from the African country to do so.  The 25-year-old told reporters she planned to continue doing “everything that my country needs,” including work with poor children and elderly and continuing the “fight against HIV.”  Lopes’s country is marked by extreme poverty despite its rich reservoirs of oil.

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