Miss Universe Leila Lopes interview with Chris Yandek.
As Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes began her reign, there were reports with alleged claims that the African born pageant queen from the Portuguese speaking country of Angola was actually Cuban, she falsified documents to compete in Miss Universe and that she never attended business school in England. In recent weeks, Leila set the record straight noting she is 100 percent Angolan, her parents are not Cuban and she met all Miss Universe Pageant requirements.
In speaking with Chris Yandek of CYInterview.com in an interview that covered everything you’d want to know about the new Miss Universe, Ms. Lopes says has no idea why people would try to discredit her. Leila also noted she’s been working on her undergraduate business degree in England for two years.
“Oh my God, I don’t know. I really don’t. I know that every year a girl wins a competition, they’re always people talking something bad about it. But I don’t know why the people created stories like this. I don’t know… I’ve lived there [London] for almost four years and I’ve attended business school for two years.”
The new Miss Universe says she was surprised to win. However, Leila has believed in this dream since she was young. The African beauty queen wants everyone to know she’s kind and a normal person.
“You know, like, it’s a dream. Of course when I won I was surprised, but dreams are dreams you know. I’ve dreamed about it. Since I was young I’ve dreamed about it… I’m kind. I’m happy. I care about the others. I have charisma. Like, I’m telling you that, but also people also tell me that. .. I’m just a normal girl who dreams, who fights for what I believe. Yeah. I never give up even when people tell me that I can’t do something. But if I believe I can, I really fight for it.”
Finally, Leila will be involved in many things over the next year traveling across the world. One of her main causes is fighting against HIV/Aids discrimination. When it comes to Angola, she wants people to know the country is growing and she wants to do really big things back home and be part of this growth.
“You should know that the country is growing fast. It’s growing a lot. I think they’re really changing in Angola, which is good for us ‘cause it’s, like, people’s life is improving. It’s getting better. Until about like 10 years ago, we didn’t even have like, universities and now we have more than 10. Yeah, things, education, health, things like that are really changing for the good… I want to go back to my country. It’s developing. I want to be part of this development. I want to have my own business. I want to launch my cosmetics line. Yeah, like, I really want to do big things.”
Special thanks to Chris Yandek, editor of CYInterview.