This Saturday we bring you the exclusive new on Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes SOS tour to West Africa. The Angolan beauty will be visiting four countries in West Africa for charity, a cause that is dear to her heart.
OnoBello.com also plans to have an exclusive fashion photoshoot and interview with Leila on her visit to Lagos, Nigeria, so keep checking back for the exclusive photos.
As you may know, Leila Lopes made history on September 2011 as the first woman from Angola to win the Miss Universe title. Since being crowned Miss Universe 2011, the 26-year-old stunner has traveled internationally to promote her charity work and country, a former Portuguese colony still recovering from a twenty-seven year Civil War. Despite the country’s harrowing past, Leila remains optimistic and hopeful about the future of the African nation which has seen economic, social and cultural change in recent years.
The charity tour sponsored by Ecobank will see Miss Universe visiting the following countries:
Friday June 8, 2012: Dakar, Senegal
Saturday June 9, 2012: Ivory Coast, Abidjan
Monday June 11, 2012: Lome, Togo
Tuesday June 12, 2012: Lagos, Nigeria
Her visit will entail meeting with the President of some of these countries, holding press conferences, Question and Answer sessions with students and sponsor, visit to the SOS villages in the different countries (SOS villages is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity), magazine photoshoots and interviews and also attending private dinner and receptions in her honour.
More About Leila Lopes
Leila who is the eldest daughter of seven children was born in Benguela, a province in Southern Angola. When asked what she loves most about home, she smiles and tells me about the beautiful beaches, delectable food and music which according to her, is guaranteed to move your feet. The former business student one day hopes to open her own cosmetics business in Angola but is currently focused on an acting career. She’s contemplating relocating to Brazil to pursue her big-screen dreams as she is familiar with its rich culture and language.Leila dreams big. Ever since she first started doing charity work, she always had the ambition to travel abroad, meet people and raise awareness for various causes such as AIDS.
When she told friends one day she would be posing in Vogue Magazine, most believed her dreams were unattainable. But her determination proved to be too strong. Leila realized early on that the power of dreams is real. It can take you to places betond your wildest imagination. Thus, the world is in the palm of her hands.
Photo by John Jansheski
Fashion editor Rushka Bergman
Suit Tom Ford; top Ashanti Kente; collar and bracelet, Erickson Beamon. For him: shirt Giorgio Armani; pants Diesel.
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