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As She Prepares to Pass the Miss Universe Crown to the Next Queen, BN Beauty Spotlights African Queen, Leila Lopes’ Tenure in Photos



History was made on Monday 12th September 2011 when Angolan beauty hopeful, Leila Lopes won the coveted title of Miss Universe at the age of 25 – She was the first woman from her country to win.

In just 13 days, the 2012 edition of the beauty pageant, hosted by Andy Cohen  (known for producing reality shows like the Real Housewives franchise and Being Bobby Brown)  and E! News/Fashion Police  co-anchor, Guiliana Rancic, will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, USA.

Now 26 years old, the beauty queen who has been around the world championing HIV/Aids prevention, advocating for gay marriage, strutting major runway shows at the New York Fashion week, hanging out with celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris, Jay Manuel and Ivanka Trump, and serving as an ambassador for her country, is set to pass the crown to the next beauty queen.

Just before she does, BN Beauty spotlights Leila Lopes’ tenure in photos and gives you an sneak peek of her last photo shoot. Be sure to keep refreshing BN has we bring you photos of the contestants as they arrive Las Vegas, USA.

Check it Out!

Wins Miss Universe

Leila Lopes with Ludacris & Rachel Kum in Singapore

At an event for underprivileged children in Singapore

Leila Lopes & Alyssa Campanella with Paul Wilmont at the 5th Annual Golden Heart Awards Gala

At the Green Generation Event in Indonesia

Ronnie & Leila Lopes at Perez Hilton’s One Night in New York Party

With Danielle at the Orphaned Starfish Foundation Event

With the President & First Lady of Angola

Supporting Sister Act Broadway Show to kick off the GLWD Race

In Gabon to kick off the Miss Universe 2012 Pageantry

Distributing Food at GMHC

With Miss China Zilin Luo at the Empire State Building

With “Dancing with the Stars” Coaches Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, and Makism Chmerkovkiy at the Viennese Opera Ball

At the Super Bowl Victory Celebration

With Jennifer Hudson at the amfAR Gala

WIth Ray Chew & Alyssa Campanella at a Tribute to the Music Motown

At the Custo Barcelona Fashion with Danielle Doty, Alyssa Campanella, Miss “J ” Alexander & Jill Zarin

At the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Visit to South Africa

At Her Birthday Celebration in New York City, USA

With Danielle at Texas Children’s Hospital

Honoured as an UN Drylands Ambassador

Meeting Donald Trump

At the Dominican Republic

With Jay Manuel at the GLAAD Media Awards

With Alyssa, Ivanka Trump & Danielle at the Operation Smile Event

On the US WASP

West Africa Tour

UNCCD Trip to Brazil

Fela! Broadway Show

TV Globo Crianca Esperanca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With Miss USA, Olivia at theUS Open

At the BGC 9/11 Charity Day with Miss USA, Olivia

Sherri Hill Runway Show at New York Fashon Week

With Olusegun Obasanjo at the South South News Awards

At St Mary’s Hospital for Children

Operation Smile at Nicaragua

Her Final African Tour

Watch Leila Lopes Final Photo Shoot as Miss Universe

Photo Credit: Miss Universe Official Website & Facebook Page


  1. deedee

    December 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

    sweet girl

  2. ForestM

    December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! I love everything about her! She’s a damsel!

  3. divea

    December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm


  4. goolicks

    December 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    There is only one true African Beauty Queen, and her name is Leila Lopes, everyone that was before, or that would come after her,, are counterfeits, or would be,love you leila,

    • diamond

      December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      well, everyone is entitled to their opinion but i believe Agbani Darego ia also a true African queen. She paved the way for others after her.

    • Omolola

      December 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Agbani Darego was also a true African Beauty :p

    • Omolola

      December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Agbani Darego is also a true African Beauty :p

  5. her royalmajesty

    December 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    very beautiful

  6. diamond

    December 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    She has done Africa proud. Slim but not skeletal. Beautiful face and charming smile. She really had a roller-coaster ride as Miss Universe 2012 and they contain a lot of fond memories for her.
    May she not rest on her oars and keep striving for more. Wish her the best in years to come.

  7. Imade

    December 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Lovely smile…..

  8. Aibee

    December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Wow! She really is very pretty and she looks like someone with a sweet soul. Her beauty shines fro her smile and eyes. Wishing her good luck in her future endeavours.

  9. Otunba

    December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  10. pynk

    December 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm


  11. Slim

    December 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Sooo gorgeous,she has certain hidden similarities wv Agbani,there is something soo sweet and catchy about her, she also makes a good pair wv Miss USA.

    • Anon

      December 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I agree. She reminds me of Agbani. Child-like and raw beauty.

  12. I Can't Shout

    December 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm


  13. Priscy

    December 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    she’s so so cute…seems like she is best friends with Miss USA cos they are always almost together

  14. Inebaby

    December 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    so sweet and charming

  15. cyndy

    December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Abeg joor, she is too slim to be an african woman, african women are know for full thighs, breast and hips african men love it big they love something to hold lets celebrate real women not all this slim babes jare real african women are fleshy nothing spectacular about her example of stunning is toolz and omotola not this joor, dnt really know what men fancy in slim girls no attraction they are like bag of bones..Bones are for dogs real men love women with curves not this call me a hater na u sabi thick and big girls rock we represent real african women in all aspect.

    • Jessica

      December 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Calling someone “bag of bones”. Really, that’s what you could come up with. As a very slim person myself I find that really insulting.

    • ayoosh

      December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      you’re a hater sha!

    • Bleed blue

      December 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Eya Cyndy, poor you. You don’t have to be so spiteful dear. Just keep calm and try to develop an appreciation of beautiful people, whether fat, slim, tall or short.

    • Anon

      December 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      She’s a model/beauty contestant what do you expect? How many fat models/beauty contestants do you see around orobo Cyndy?

  16. Glam

    December 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Black is beautiful indeed!

  17. Gold

    December 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Very BEAUTIFUL lady!!

  18. i no send

    December 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    what a beauty…lucky Osi Umenyiora..if that gist is true o……

    • Anon

      December 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Kai Osi Umenyiora is a bad guy. He will move on when he’s done.

  19. Dimz

    December 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Pretty,fresh un-tampered beauty……………but wait oo!! OBJ dey fear to hold the babe?

  20. TimiNY

    December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    The finest thing alive….

  21. ayoosh

    December 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    cyndy is a hater!

  22. eve

    December 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    No bleaching , very confident and seriously beautiful

  23. ejogene

    December 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Wow beautiful girl, so natural and easy on the eye.

  24. Soraya

    December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Leila is pretty but I do have a problem with her not being very photogenic like Agbani and moreover, Leila seems to have gained a bit of weight during the course of her reign!

    • Xtsy

      December 8, 2012 at 7:05 am

      If this is ms de-carvalo, I’d expect u to have more regard for ur fellow Angolan.

  25. Lisa

    December 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    She is a paragon of beauty see better height, shape, skin, and her one million dollar smile GOD can create she epitomize the word beauty Damn! As for that iya..akpati a.k.a AKPA AKPU, calling her bag of bones you are either fat and shapeless or short and ugly you sound so frustrated my friend better hit the gym.

  26. HRS

    December 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    She is a spectacularly beautiful woman, with a more beautiful smile!!!

    Didn’t dig her birthday look though, all that exposeure…. But still, she looks like an angel in most pix, and that proves she is an heavenly beauty!

    I lost it when I saw this pix!!! Couldn’t help laughing crazily, esp with his expression…lol!!!

  27. BubblyBliss

    December 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    She actually doesn’t take an ugly photo. So beautiful!

  28. Adedoyin

    December 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    She is really pretty with a lovely smile…She has a striking resemblance with Agbani though….

  29. Concerned_Boyfriend

    December 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Gosh!.. can someone tell me how to remove watermarks on pic. I need to brag to friends with this one.. lol!.

  30. feisty chic

    December 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    nigerian ‘famous people’ should take a cue from the way she matches her cloths with shoes .

  31. facingbook

    December 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

    See how the highly photoshopped pics dont even look like her…na wa o!

  32. Buki

    December 7, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I am actually shocked she is dark skinned (yer sounds silly) thats because I always assumed she is light skinned due to the only professional pics I see, honestly magazines need to stop with this photoshop really, the colours are too different mehn

  33. RIP Enebeli

    December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    @Buki you are right,her pic look quiet different,and I prefer her dark as she is,why make her lighter? Was even thinking she subsequently light her skin,for which I would have been dissappointed really..for someone who said,she is too skinny,EYAA I pity you,so sorry in your next incarnation,you will be like that ok?we rock..hahahahah,guys can’t get enough of our kind,I’m 29 looking 22.God Noni

  34. Ginika

    December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    The pic with her beside OBJ still makes me chuckle; OBJ looked like he was thinking to himself, let me just keep my hands to myself, she is too tall for me. LOL

  35. Aida

    December 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

    her beauty cant be described.

  36. Love. o

    December 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    ABi oh

  37. Adeola

    December 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I love how she has acheived a lot within her reign, plus she’s truly a beauty queen. No hits from her dress style plus an ever-warming smile. That’s what a queen should look like.

  38. jbots

    December 8, 2012 at 2:15 am

    She is so pretty, love that about her.

  39. yeyen

    December 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I love leila Lopes…always did from day one. However, is it me or the people who took the pic were trying to make her lighter than she truly is in the first pic because when I opened this page I was confused initially. Secondly, in the photo shoot video she looked lighter as well, compared to when she was talking…When would we stop this slavery mentality/colo-mentality regarding being fair, more euro-centric and in line with the “white ideal.” We have to stop associating beauty with being light-skinned or having euro-centric physical attributes; over $500m is spent each year on bleaching creams. People in the public’s eye have been either made to bleach or made lighter in the photo shoots; dark-skinned girls aren’t getting the jobs anymore(read Gabrielle Union’s story in ESSENCE Magazine)…This case is too long and the limits of this post won’t let me drum the matter any further. Let us love ourselves, our skin tone for what it is. Shine if you are dark-skinned, brown or light-skinned. When we appreciate who we are, other pople would too.

  40. chika

    December 9, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Wow! she’s pretty and she looks healthy, she is not skinny like the likes of Darego.
    It seems she loves children too.

  41. x

    December 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

    so championing gay marriage is part of d job description now…. mschewwww, where she come from is it acceptable!! hipocrisy God pls protect us from all this….and den i neva knew she was dt balck all her photos ive been seeing r white like the first too

  42. Benson

    December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Stunning Beauty!

  43. xxx

    December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    She’s fine but the 1st lady of Angola gave her some competition. That woman is fine!

  44. peeklasiq

    December 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    am not a regular commenter on blogs but culdnt help but concur wit u on dis one- dat one can be beautiful weather he or she is fat,slim,tall or short. wat matas is ur carriage.

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