Miss Universe 2011 Results

SAO PAULO — Leila Lopes from Angola is crowned Miss Universe, beating out 88 competitors.

Angola and Philippines were the most popular out of five finalists tonight on Twitter – the only livestream that matters for the PR professional who wants the real-time pulse of the events. But the judges of Miss Universe 2011 don’t have a live Twitter stream, and they don’t make their decisions based on the Twitter popularity of the contestant. And while Miss China, Luo Zilin, remains the fifth favorite, Ms. Brazil is Miss Universe 2011 2nd runner-up…

And then, the Twitter feed explodes. Ms. Ukraine, Olesya Stefanko is 1st runner-up and Leila Lopes gets the crown. A well deserved prize, for one of the most stunning contestants.

Reigning Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup was the third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Leila Lopes
Country: Angola
Hometown: Benguela
Age: 25

Aside from Supsup, the others who will be part of Lopes’ entourage are
Miss Brazil Priscila Machado
Miss China Luo Zilin, and
Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko.

Filipino singer and actress Lea Salonga was one of the nine telecast judges in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

Aside from Salonga, the other telecast judges were Hélio Castroneves, Connie Chung, Isabeli Fontana, Vivica A. Fox, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, Farouk Shami, Italo Zanzi, and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega.

The figure surpasses the previous record of 86 contestants in 2006.

Question-and-answer portion

During the question-and-answer portion for the top 5 contestants of the pageant, judge Vivica A. Fox asked Supsup, “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?”

Supsup answered, “If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me.”

“I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he’ll love my God too,” she added.

Supsup was the only one among the top 5 contestants who answered the judge’s question in English. The others gave their replies in their own languages.

Shamcey Supsup
Shamcey Gurrea Supsup was born on May 16, 1986 in General Santos City. Supsup graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman as magna cum laude with a degree in architecture. She also topped the Architecture Licensure Examination in July last year.


Photo:© Miss Universe Organization, Miss Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup pre-tapes in her National Costume onstage at Credicard Hall on September 7, 2011.


The top ten finalists stand together during the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday.

The contest to be the next Miss Universe was narrowed to 10 women on Monday night, including surprise choice Miss Portugal, who only made the first cut because of winning an online fan vote.

Favorites Miss China and Miss Australia also made the top 10, along with home crowd contestant Miss Brazil. Miss USA and a host of Latin American candidates did not make the cut, with only Miss Costa Rica and Miss Panama advancing.

Contestants from 89 nations on six continents spent the past three weeks in Sao Paulo, trying to learn samba dance steps, visiting impoverished children and kicking a football around for cameras as the globe’s biggest beauty contest is held in Brazil for the first time.

Before the contest began, judges offered little insight into who they thought might win.

“I know my job and I’ll be tough, but fair,” said pageant judge and journalist Connie Chung. “You have to keep in mind that these women are not objects just to be looked at. They’re to be taken seriously. I want to choose somebody I take seriously and the world takes seriously, too.”

Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete arrived at the Credicard Centre in a royal blue, full length, one shoulder gown.

She said the best part of being Miss Universe for the past year was “representing my country, Mexico, and working for different causes. But the main cause of Miss Universe is working with people with HIV. I also like just travelling and knowing about cultures and different things.”

Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization, was hyped for the night.

“It’s our 60th anniversary, it’s a very big show,” she said. “We’re anticipating close to a billion viewers from around the world.”

Shugart said it was fitting the globe’s biggest beauty pageant be held in Brazil at this time, as the nation prepares to host some major events in the coming years.

“I don’t think there is any doubt in the rest of the world’s mind that Brazil is the place, between hosting the Olympics and hosting the World Cup,” she said. “I love the fact we’re going to kick it off. I always say we’re the ‘World Cup’ of beauty.”

The contestants, who must never have been married or had children and who must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age by Feb. 1 of the competition year.

The pageant, hosted by NBC “Today” anchor Natalie Morales and the Bravo network’s Andy Cohen, will air live on NBC and be distributed to about 170 countries. The contest is co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, and will be judged by celebrities including Connie Chung, supermodel Isabeli Fontana and Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves.

Morales, who is half Brazilian, said that “what’s most important is for the women to be beautiful inside and out.”

She quickly added that as a Latina herself, she had no doubt “they’re the most beautiful women in the world.”

For Cohen, the task of hosting is an easy one.

“It’s a fun job. All I have to do is stand there, smile and scream the names of countries,” he said.

Cohen said after the big event he would be taking advantage of Sao Paulo’s noted nightlife.

“I’m going to party hard tonight. That’s what you do in Sao Paulo. We’re going to see the sunrise tonight,” he said. “I’m going to samba … and then I’m going to samba some more.”

Sharply dressed women and men were jostling for chances to have their photos taken with stars on the red carpet. Some travelled from across the globe to support contestants.

Jehona Dreshaj, 17, arrived from Kosovo to cheer on her sister, Aferdita Dreshaj, who is representing the European country.

“It doesn’t really matter the outcome, she is already a winner in our eye and we are so proud of her,” she said. “This has been an incredible experience for her and for all of us. It’s great for her to be representing our country in an event like this”

There have been no headline-grabbing gaffes going into this year’s competition, as opposed to past years that have seen controversies of various stripes.

Some of the contestants have complained to the local news media about the size of bikinis used in some photo shoots, with Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros saying they were “very small.”

That was enough to draw chuckles in Brazil, where women from all walks of life, not just beauty queens, sport barely there swimwear on beaches throughout the country.

Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, from California, will be trying to end a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition. An American has not been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

The pageant started as a local bathing revue in Long Beach, California, organized by a swimwear company.


Miss Universe Cyprus 2011, in sizzling hot swimsuit and fashion footwear during the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE Presentation Show on September 8 at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.

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