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She may be Miss Universe 2011, but Lopes would like others to know that she She may be Miss Universe 2011, but Lopes would like others to know that she's just as pretty on the inside. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty," Lopes said. "I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."   

The prettiest in the world: Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes [SLIDESHOW]

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Laura Donovan
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When Leila Lopes was declared Miss Universe 2011 on Monday, the 25-year-old said, “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Well, obviously. When you’re named the prettiest person in the universe, you probably haven’t thought about getting liposuction or a nose job. But who exactly is the winner of this year’s competition? For starters, Lopes is the first Angola native to take home the crown. She’s also on a mission to fight HIV worldwide. For more information and glimpses of the stunning and kind-hearted leading lady, scroll through our slideshow below.

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  • Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 in a ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Don't expect this beauty queen to loaf around the house like a princess. With her new esteemed title, Lopes hopes to further combat HIV. "As Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people. I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs... I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."
  • She may be Miss Universe 2011, but Lopes would like others to know that she's just as pretty on the inside. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty," Lopes said. "I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."
  • Want beauty tips from Miss Universe 2011? Lopes suggests getting enough rest, using ample sunblock and drinking tons of water.
  • Getting some assistance from Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico.
  • Rockin' the yellow!
  • On racism, Lopes says, "It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way." Damn straight!
  • Lopes when she was a mere contestant!
  • Lopes looks like seaweed!
  • Lopes is from Benguela, one of Angola's largest cities.
  • Lopes sure is toned!
  • Pausing in the preliminary competition gown.