Leila Lopes from Angola won the coveted title of Miss Universe 2011 during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant.
Before the contest began, judges offered little insight into who they thought might win that evening.
About 89 candidates from six continents vie to win the title of the world’s biggest beauty pageant.
After series of elimination rounds, the top 16 Miss Universe bets are from the following countries:
1) France ( Laury Thilleman) 2) Kosovo (Afërdita Dreshaj) 3) Columbia (Catalina Robayo) 4) China (Luo Zilin) 5) Angola (Leila Lopes) 6) Australia (Scherri-Lee Biggs ) 7) Puerto Rico (Viviana Ortiz) 8) Brazil (Priscila Machado) 9) Netherlands (Kelly Weekers) 10) USA (Alyssa Campanella) 11) Ukraine (Olesya Stefanko) 12) Panama (Sheldry Sáez) 13) Costa Rica (Johanna Solano ) 14) Portugal (Laura Gonçalves) 15) Philippines (Shamcey Supsup).
Then it was trimmed down to top 10 which were as follows: 1) Miss Australia, 2) Miss Costa Rica, 3) Miss France, 4) Miss Ukraine, 5) Miss Portugal, 6) Miss Panama, 7) Miss Philippines, 8)Miss Angola, 9) Miss China and 10) Miss Brazil.
And finally, the top five are: Miss Ukraine, Miss Philippines, Miss China, Miss Brazil and Miss Angola.
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, Shamcey Supsup and the fourth is Miss China, Luo Zilin.
The pageant was hosted by NBC anchor Natalie Morales and the Bravo network’s Andy Cohen, It was aired live on NBC and viewed to about 170 countries. The contest judges were supermodel Connie Chung, Isabeli Fontana, Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves and Broadway Ms. Saigon actress Lea Salonga.