Audiences have come to expect a few fumbles by beauty queens during a pageant's interview portion. But during last night's Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Miss Angola Leila Lopes gave an eloquent answer to a pretty banal question. The 25-year-old was asked which of her physical qualities she would change if given the chance. Instead of choosing something innocuous, like big hands or feet, she said, "Thank God I am very well satisfied with the way that God created me, and I wouldn't change anything. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I've acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow these through the rest of my life."
The fact that Leila delivered her response in fluent Portuguese, with crowd cheers coming before the interpreter could translate, added to her confident appeal. It's no surprise Leila bested the 89 other contestants, who all had to be single and between the ages of 18 and 27. Leila is currently a business student in Britain and plans to continue supporting social causes including childhood poverty and HIV/AIDS prevention. As the newest Miss Universe, she's only the fourth black woman to wear the crown since the competition started in 1952. Last night, Leila addressed tolerance, saying: "Any racist needs to seek help. It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way."