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Number one in the universe
- Published: 14 Sep 2011 at 09.19
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Angolan beauty Leila Lopes is the new Miss Universe, a victory popular in this year’s host country of Brazil since both nations share the same language.
Miss Angola 2011 Leila Lopes reacts after winning the 60th annual Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo on September 12, 2011. AFP photo
Number one in the universe
Angola's Leila Lopes has become the new Miss Universe, edging out beauties from Ukraine, Brazil, the Philippines and China as the pageant marked its 60th anniversary in Sao Paulo Brazil.
Lopes, 25, wearing a glittery strapless gown with a feathery fringe, accepted the crown on Monday from last year's winner, Mexico's Ximena Navarrete, after upsetting a line-up of Latin American beauties who had been favoured to win, including Brazil’s own Priscila Machado who came in third.
The Angola beauty did have one advantage in Brazil, however. She speaks Portuguese, the national language of both countries. Like Brazil, the African country of Angola is a former Portuguese colony.
Thus, her victory was a popular one with the locals.
“She captivated the crowd and we were all behind her,” said Brazilian Natalie Bursztyn, 20, who was in the crowd inside Credicard Hall.
“It was great that the judges also saw what the fans saw and gave her the crown. Her dress was beautiful and she knew exactly what to say when they asked her a question about her looks,” Bursztyn added.
Another fan in the audience, Carolina Rocha, said Lopes’ win was “well deserved, we were cheering for her all along. Her smile and her friendliness was what set her apart from the others. She also answered her question very well, that likely helped her a lot.”
Lopes agreed that her smile was her most important asset, and her answer to her interview question clearly impressed the judges and the estimated one billion people watching on TV.
When the judges asked what physical trait about herself she would change if given the opportunity, she replied: "Nothing, I am satisfied with what God gave me," and she added that it was important to have "inner beauty."
Adapted from agencies stories.
react – to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you เกิดปฏิกิริยา, ตอบสนอง
universe – everything that exists, especially all physical matter, including all the stars, planets, galaxies, etc. in space จักรวาล
beauty pageant – a competition in which women are judged on how physically attractive they are ประกวดนางงาม
edge out – to beat someone in a competition by a small amount เฉือนชนะ ชนะอย่างหวุดหวิด
mark – to celebrate or officially remember an event that you consider to be important
anniversary – a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you วันครบรอบ
glittery – shining brightly with many little points of flashes of light ซึ่งระยิบระยับ
strapless – of a piece of women's clothing, such as a dress or bra, which does not have pieces of material going over the shoulders ไร้สาย
gown – a woman's dress, especially a long one for special occasions เสื้อคลุม
fringe – the outer edge of something ขอบรอบนอก
crown – (1) an object in the shape of a circle, usually made of valuable materials, worn by a king or queen or, in this case, by the winner of a competition มงกุฎ (2) title; the position of a winner in a sports competition ตำแหน่งแชมป์
upset – to win unexpectedly over an opponent thought to be stronger ชนะโดยไม่คาดฝัน, พลิกล็อก
favoured – expected to win มีหวังชนะมากที่สุด
advantage – a condition giving a greater chance of success ความได้เปรียบ
colony – a country or an area that is governed by people from another, more powerful, country ประเทศอาณานิคม, เมืองขึ้น
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
locals – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
captivate – to hold the attention of someone by being extremely interesting, exciting, pleasant or attractive จับใจ,ประทับใจ
behind – giving support to or approval of somebody/something สนับสนุน
looks – the way somebody/something looks; the appearance of somebody/something รูปร่างหน้าตา
audience – the people who watch an event happen ผู้ชม
deserved – of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities สมควรได้รับ
asset – a thing of value สิ่งที่มีคุณค่า
impress – to cause someone to admire or respect you because of something that you have done or said ประทับใจ
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
trait – a particular quality, in this case, physical quality คุณสมบัติ, ลักษณะพิเศษ
opportunity – a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something โอกาส
satisfied – pleased because you have something you like or because something that you wanted to happen has happened พอใจ ถูกใจ