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“Shy Angolan Student to Jet-Setting International Beauty Queen” – Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes shares her story in the September 2012 Issue of Genevieve Magazine



She is one of the most popular international beauty queens in recent years.
From magazine covers to charity appearances all over the world, Angolan beauty queen Leila Lopes has definitely represented Africa with style and grace during her reign as Miss Universe 2011.

She is on the September 2012 cover of Nigeria’s Genevieve Magazine, Leila was interviewed by Sonia Irabor – find out more about the issue below.

From a simple life as a student in England, to being the most beautiful girl on the planet, Leila Lopes’ life has undergone a massive change. It was another win for Africa, a black woman crowned Miss Universe 2011. We were united, celebrating this pivotal moment in the fashion and beauty industry. Not since Agbani Darego has there been another black woman, world pageant winner, not till now. And Leila is loving every second of it; why wouldn’t she? – getting to be the spokesperson for charitable causes, sitting front row at some of the world’s major sporting events and walking the most exclusive red carpets. Yet somehow this Angolan beauty remains one of the most humble women I’ve ever come across. As reserved as she was when I first met her over five years ago at Coventry University in the UK, she definitely seems a lot less shy now but still very grateful for this opportunity. There are many things I admire about Leila Lopes and her honest appreciation for the opportunity she has been given is one of them. Truth is, you’ve just gotta love her!


  1. DiePretty

    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Omg, she looks amazing. A true african beauty.

  2. chi chi

    September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    omigosh what have they done to her? she looks waaaay different here, and not in a good way. idk if it’s d makeup or the photo editing, but she’s darker and finer than this. look-up her other magazine covers. i’ll still buy the issue though.

    • eguana

      September 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I agree, she looks way better than here. too much makeup/photoshop. Also the cover has too much text and the mast head colour isnt working

    • VeiwMaster

      December 22, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Agreed. Apparantly, though she may have overcome some shyness, she didn’t have to much input. Also, though nice she chose to have her own hair at the crowning of this year’s Ms. USA, looked like little imagination was put into that short-do. Kinda sad, when that happens. And when do you think we’ll get to see another woman of color walk that line??lol. Somebody should’ve told her somethin’! Oh well, woman’s perogative huh?

  3. tanya

    September 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    she looks good though!! buh dere’s smetin diff about her.. just saying

  4. Lisa

    September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    What a beautiful lady.

  5. Teefah

    September 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Dang! I did not recognise her!
    She’s such a stunner tho!

  6. Priscy

    September 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

    looks kinda different…still smoking tho

  7. Sassy

    September 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hate the make-up!

    • feyi A

      September 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

      me too. we women dont know less is more isnt for dressing alone….. make join. i sha get that na sophisticated diva look they wanted to give her but she ended less beautiful than she is.

  8. huh?

    September 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This can’t be her,she way look better than this.naija with over doing things.Smh

  9. brandigest

    September 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    She looks like my missing girl friend…. So gorgeous, so African

  10. konnie

    September 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Lovely lady. Love the cover plus the dress


    September 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This is a great Genevieve cover! probably the best I’ve seen! 🙂

  12. ayetoro kan

    September 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

    genevieve magazine finally found themselves some good cover

  13. Queen

    September 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    lovely editorial, i love the makeup ^_^ good work

  14. ann

    September 11, 2012 at 5:01 am


  15. iamfascinating

    September 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

  16. Africanbeauty

    September 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    They’ve started again to put too much makeup so she can appear lighter and the lightning not good. I prefer the beautiful, luscious darker complexion with that pretty face of hers.

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