25-year-old Leila Lope from Angola, south-central Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2011 on Monday night during a beauty pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lopes beat 88 other women to win the coveted title during the 60th anniversary of the pageant owned by Donald Trump and NBC.
First runner-up was Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine, and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil.
Leila represented Africa gracefully and became the second African to win the prestigious pageant. She joins, Mpule Kwelagobe from Botswana, who was the first African to win the pageant as the queens of Africa.
"Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."