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Angola’s Leila Lopes crowned Miss Universe 2011; Philippines’ Supsup is 3rd runner-up

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SAO PAULO – Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned Miss Universe Monday night, smoothly handling an interview question about what physical trait she would change if could, while wearing a strapless cream-colored gown.

Miss Angola Leila Lopes, left, is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. AP

Lopes, Angola’s first winner, beat out 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup was third-runner up in the pageant that was watched by an estimated one billion people around the world. The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine, second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil and the fourth Miss China.

“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said when asked her interview question. “I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principals from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

For her part, Supsup answered her question without the benefit of a translator: “Would you change your religious belief to marry the person that you love?”

“I would not marry the person I love because the first person I love is my God and the person loves me, he should also love my God,” said Supsup who ranked first among the fans in the vote for the top 5 candidates and second in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

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.”

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 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 February 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, Indy race car driver Helio Castroneves, and Broadway star Lea Salonga of the Philippines.

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

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. The show itself went off without a hitch.

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 US 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.

Agence France-Presse

Originally posted at 11:10 am | Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011


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  • Anonymous

    Miss Philippines: “Religion should not define success in marriage. For me, what is more important is the existence of mutual respect, understanding and love between me and my husband. With those, we can harmoniously co-exist, and together raise a beautiful and God-fearing family. Thank you, Sao Paolo.” Miss Parallel Universe 2011.

    By the way, God is not a person. He is God.

    • Anonymous

      jan cya nagkamali eh ginawa niya person ang God. and dun pa cya nadali wen she said ‘he has to love my God.” bakit wala bang God sa ibang religion un lang religion niya.? There is only one God. religions only differ as to what they respectively suppose Him to be and in what ways they worship Him. kaya nga i stand on my ground lumabas selfish cya, arrogante na ang God lang nya ang apat mahalin. there is NO PROPRIETARY  right to the belief in the existence of God. aminin na natin natalo c shamcey DAHIL MALI ANSWER NIYA. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZMQ6V5OLN6J6FDJ67YN3LGSTE Enrique

        I made the same comment and then everyone began bashing me, LoL. xD

        It is true her answer is SELFISH and SEXIST at the same time.

        Her answer is kinda paradoxical. She demands that if the guy loves her he should also love her God. If you look at the guy’s point of view you will see that Shamcey is asked the same thing that the guy asked her so nothing really gets resolved. It’s like saying “I’m the woman, so I get to choose.”

        I forgot to add PRIDEFUL to the adjectives that i used to describe her answer.

      • Anonymous

        Enrique: That is only an opinion of yours. Of course you do not know what Miss Supsup was thinking so you cannot really say that she was demanding….

      • Anonymous

        “what the mounth speaketh so is the heart” so she was speaking what was in her in heart and mind.
        are you as proud as she is that you cannot accept a fault in her remarks?..relax the pageantry is over and the judges had spoken the truth.let’s just accept it.anyway being a 3rd runner-up is not bad!

    • Anonymous

      Gab: Opppsss. Jesus was God and was born in a manger. He was a person too! To say that God is not a person is not true. You sound like you are missing your Bible my friend.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKPAMRFVGMPFS447F4QLUUKJOM Lensky

    Actually one reason why having an interpreter was more advantageous to the other contestants because it gave them more time to rethink and reconsider their answers. The long pauses in between the interpreter giving the translation, and the contestant giving her answer was more beneficial to the other contestants. That benefit wasn’t available to Ms. Philippines, but nevertheless she answered the question with tact and grace. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKPAMRFVGMPFS447F4QLUUKJOM Lensky

    Actually one reason why having an interpreter was more advantageous to the other contestants because it gave them more time to rethink and reconsider their answers. The long pauses in between the interpreter giving the translation, and the contestant giving her answer was more beneficial to the other contestants. That benefit wasn’t available to Ms. Philippines, but nevertheless she answered the question with tact and grace. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

    What a lovely name, Shamcey, but an awful last name, Supsup. And she happens to come from a cebuano speaking province so she knows exactly how disgusting the word realy means. She needs a name-change if she want’s to pursue any career that has to do with public exposure. Americanizing it doesn’t help either, as it ‘sucks’ just as bad….lol….

    • Anonymous

      plazans: Only the Filipinos make fun of our names.. The americans and the rest of the world, they don’t. By the way Miss Supsup is an architect, she has a career and no need to change her name.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYSNYZTYQF2ODMJKQ275WWYVSQ Lloyd

      The last name is not disgusting at all; your shallow mind is.

  • Anonymous

    KAU MGA NANGANGARAP MAGPROTEST THINKING THAT SHAMCEY SHOULD HAVE WON MAHIYA NAMAN KAU. NATALO CYA DAHIL MALING MALI ANSWER NIYA GINAWA NIYA PERSON ANG GOD. HINDI MGA BOBO ANG JUDGES. AM SURE EVEN OUR EVEN OWN LEA HAS GIVEN HER MINUS POINTS FOR THAT. ANALYZE NIYO MABUTI UNG ANSWER NIYA, TAPOS PARA PA CYANG NAGRERECITE SA CLASSROOM WITH MATCHING HAND GESTURES HALATANG NERBIYOS SIYA. SPONTANEOUS NGA PAGSAGOT NIYA PERO MALI NAMAN. SOURGRAPING LANG TAU. YAN MALI SA MGA PINOY KC MASKI MALI PILIT SINASABI TAMA KAYA C GMA TUMAGAL SA PWESTO. 

    • Anonymous

      Lalo na dyan sa mga nagmamagaling na mga religious kuno pinagpipilit tama ang sagot ni Ms Philippines. Tama sa inyo pero sa International standard hindi lalo na sa mga judges na liberal minded. Hindi pa ba sapat ang pagka lagay ni Ms Philippines sa 4th place as a proof na di natuwa ang mag judges sa sagot nya. Sorry na lang better luck next time. Pag siguro naman iba sinagot ni Ms Philippines  ka takot takot din na saway aabutin nya sa mga obispo hahahaha wawa Ms Philippines. Ayan RH bill di mapasa pasa dahil sa moral values daw masira sabi ng mga obispong kawatan at makakapal ang mga mukha.

      • Anonymous

        TAMA KA. INULAN AKO NG INSULTO KC MASYADONG MGA PIKON. TANGGAP NILA 3RD RUNNERUP C SHAMCEY. PERO D NILA MATANGGAP MALI ANSWER NIYA KAYA 3RD RUNNERUP LANG..D BA NILA UN NAISIP NA KAYA NAGING 3RD RUNNER UP KC WALANG KAKUWENTA KUWENTA SAGOT NIYA. ITONG RH BILL D NAMAN PINAGPIPILITAN. KUNG GUSTUHIN LANG NANG MAGASAWA. ABA EH COUPLE CHOICE NA YAN BAKIT MAKIALAM ANG MGA RELIHIYOSO KUNO KUNG GUSTO GUMAMIT NG CONTRACEPTIVES.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y5GSLNXMRC62HQM55FCZ23OIXY raymond

    @ sharee68 – Please be informed that Jesus our God has dual nature (as man & God) read I Timothy 3:16 from the Bible. I know that this will be a very long conversation to discuss this issue… But be careful on saying something wherein you could hurt others’ feelings…

  • duane_randel_17

    wat the heck!!! to the AUTHOR DANICA HERMOGENES!!! How could you have quoted shamcey’s answer ERRONEOUSLY!!! that was very irresponsible journalism! The 1st time I read about this, I thought shamcey’s answer was stupid, incorrect, and grammatically irritating, but wen i actually watch her video answering the question, it was perfectly stunning! You ommitted some parts resulting to distortion of the essence of her answer.

  • Anonymous

    relax and let’s all sing and do some  reality check!!!..lolz

    When you love someone you’ll do anything

    You’ll do all the crazy things that you can’t explain

    You’ll shoot the moon put out the sun

    When you love someone

    You’ll deny the truth believe a lie
    There’ll be times that you’ll believe

    you can really fly

    But your lonely nights have just begun

    When you love someone

    When you love someone you’ll feel it deep inside

    And nothin’ else can ever change your mind

    When you want someone – when you need someone

    When you love someone

    When you love someone – you’ll sacrifice

    You’d give it everything you got and

    you won’t think twice

    You’d risk it all – no matter what may come

    When you love someone

    You’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun

    When you love someone

     

    hhahaha lolz!

    when you are soooooo in love you’ll do exactly what Bryan Adams says in his song.

    there’s a saying in Filipino “O pagibig na makapangyarihan, kapag
    pumasok ka sa puso nino man..hahamakin ang lahat masunod ka lamang”..
    bulls eye!..

    another reality check…

    the first person she loved is not God hahahahah it’s her Mama!..hahhaha and her mama taught her to love God.

    lolz!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    relax and let’s sing and do some reality check..
    lolz!

    When you love someone you’ll do anything

    You’ll do all the crazy things that you can’t explain

    You’ll shoot the moon put out the sun

    When you love someone

    You’ll deny the truth believe a lie

    There’ll be times that you’ll believe

    you can really fly

    But your lonely nights have just begun

    When you love someone

    When you love someone you’ll feel it deep inside

    And nothin’ else can ever change your mind

    When you want someone – when you need someone

    When you love someone

    When you love someone – you’ll sacrifice

    You’d give it everything you got and

    you won’t think twice

    You’d risk it all – no matter what may come

    When you love someone

    You’ll shoot the moon – put out the sun

    When you love someone

     

    when you are soooo in love with someone you’ll do exactly what Bryan Adams says in his song.
    there’s a saying in Filipino  “O pagibig na makapangyarihan, kapag pumasok ka sa puso nino man..hahamakin ang lahat masunod ka lamang”

    another reality check..

    the first person we loved is not God!..it’s own our Mother who gave birth to us and who nourished us and taught us to love God..hahhahaha lolz!!!!

  • webspiker

    This article is badly written. Shamcey’s answer to the question was paraphrased too badly. People should watch the actual footage on youtube for a better take on her answer.

    At the end of the article, I got a feeling that the writer did several copy & paste operations. The Miss USA comment is out of sync. It is saying that Miss USA WILL TRY to win the competition at the time the contest has already a winner.

    Sumakay lang ng eroplano iyong sumulat pag-landing niya sa airport, reporter na siya? Nakakatuwa naman ang Inquirer… 



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