Angola Wins Miss Universe 2011


Angolan, Leila Lopes, is the winner of the 60th Annual Miss Universe pageant.

A clear crowd favorite as the LIVE telecast got underway in São Paulo, Brazil, the 24 year old stood out among nearly 90 competitors.

In the end, the top five contestants were

  • 5th place – China
  • 4th place – Philippines
  • 3rd place – Brazil
  • 2nd place – Ukraine
  • 1st place – Angola

Lopes, born to Cape Verdean immigrants in Benguela, Angola, is a business management student in Great Britain. She takes over from Ximena Navarrete of Mexico who claimed the 2010 title in August last year.

Learn more about her journey to becoming Miss Universe here.

Siriano Serves Up Silhouettes for Spring

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My fashion crush on Christian Siriano is no secret. (Click here, you’ll see!)

So it’s only natural that his Spring ’11 collection is one of the first I share from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

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Basketballer Dwight Howard Upgrades from Gold to Diamonds

Armaan Swiss Diamond Watches has signed Olympic gold medal basketball team member Dwight Howard as its official NBA Brand Ambassador.

Apparently, it’s in honor of Dwight’s efforts to help bring the US team back to glory with their Olympic win.

Armaan Swiss Diamond Watches designed a full-pave, $100,000 diamond watch for him. The NBA star will be making a series of in-store appearances at select Armaan retailers in the US in 2008 and 2009.

Just in case you still don’t know who he is…

Dwight Howard plays forward center on the NBA Orlando Magic team and is a member of the NBA All-Star Team. Howard, who is one of the top rebounders in the sport, was the No. 1 pick out of high school for the 2004 NBA draft. He was selected as one of the 12 players for Team USA for the Beijing 2008 Games along with basketball superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.