She was probably the least known person among all the contests as some of the contestants who were interviewed actually did not consider her when they were thinking of who could pose a threat to their chance of winning the enviable Miss Universe Crown.
Her win came as a shock to many people including her own competitors. But after listening to her interviews, i can confidently say that Leila Lopes deserves it.
Leila knew her strong points and made use of them that day. According to her, she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were to get a lot of sleep, use sun block even when it’s not sunny and to drink lots of water. She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.
I am not surprised there are lots of criticisms from people who think other popular contestants should have won and that she even entered the competition through illegally. And to me, they are dreaming and should come out of their sleep because the world is no longer in 500 BC. We are in the 21 century where those who thought that certain people are incapable of becoming successful should think twice or better still, listen to the cry of this planet with their two ears.
Leila’s responses to questions were clear, understandable and carried power. Obviously she knew what she was talking about anytime she was asked a question. She did not let where she was coming from (her country or continent) be a hindrance to her. She was outspoken, believed in herself and put all her fears behind her.
One question which she boldly answered well was when she was asked about racism, in light of the fact that she’s one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said that “any racist needs to seek help. It’s not normal in the 21st century to think in that way.” “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and i wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said. “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.” (yahoonews).
She is a true Miss Universe and won it not because she from Angola but she understood the whole competition, knew what to do and made a positive use of what others thought were her weak points.