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Angola`s Leila Lopes is the new Miss Universe 2011

Sao Paulo: Leila Lopes from Angola was Tuesday crowned Miss Universe 2011 at a gala ceremony here in Brazil.

Ukraine`s Olesya Stefanko was the first runner-up while Brazil`s Priscila Machado was the second runner-up.

India`s Vasuki Sunkavalli failed to make it to the final 16.

Last year`s winner Mexico`s Jimena Navarrete, crowned Lopes, dressed in an off-shoulder cream coloured embellished gown.

This is the first time contestants from 89 countries participated in this beauty pageant, surpassing the previous record of 86 participants.

The Miss Congeniality award went to Montenegro`s Nikolina Loncar, Sweden`s Ronnia Fornstedt won `Miss Photogenic` and the trophy for the best National Costume went to Panama`s Sheldry Saez.

Live performances by Brazilian singers Claudia Leitte and Bebel Gilberto jazzed up the event.

IANS

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