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.

Gap, Banana Republic to Open in Israel

At a time of great difficulty in the world economy, Gap, Inc. has placed faith in Israel.

Today, the company announced its plans to open Gap and Banana Republic stores to that country.

The first Gap store in Israel will open this fall, while the first Banana Republic is expected to open in spring 2010.

Already, Gap franchise stores are open in Bahrain, Greece, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Banana Republic franchise stores have opened in Bahrain, Indonesia, South Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Pretty impressive in such difficult times, Gap.