Angola Wins Miss Universe Competition

Contestants in the 60th Annual “Miss Universe" Pageant prepare for the big night in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Miss Angola Leila Lopes is crowned Miss Universe 2011 by Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, of Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday Sept. 12, 2011.
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Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned Miss Universe 2011 on Monday night for the 60th Annual "Miss Universe Pageant." Click to see more gorgeous photos from the competition.
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Lopes is ecstatic to be crowned Miss Universe 2011 by her predecessor, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. The competition took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil and was broadcast on NBC.
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The 25-year-old said she's quite happy with her body. "Thank God I am very well satisfied with the way God made me -- and I wouldn't change a thing," she said, adding she considered herself endowed with inner beauty.
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We'd be a little concerned if she wasn't happy with the way she looks!
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Here, Miss Angola -- now Miss Universe 2011 -- looks stunning in a jewel-encrusted gown.
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The top ten finalists stand together in colorful bikinis. Lopes beat out a total of 88 competitors for the crown.
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The top three finalists at the Miss Universe pageant, Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko, left, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado, center, and Miss Angola Leila Lopes wait gracefully for the final announcements.
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Miss Ukraine, Olesia Stefanko, was first runner-up in the pageant, owned by Donald Trump. Here, she is pretty in pink.
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Miss China, Luo Zilin, was named fourth runner-up.
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Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup, wants to give everyone a big hug.
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Priscila Machado represented the country of the competition, Brazil. She was named second runner-up.
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Always a highlight in the competition, the swimsuit competition left Miss Australia Scherri-lee Biggs all smiles.
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Miss France Laury Thilleman
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Miss Panama Sheldry Saez
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Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano
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Miss Portugal Laura Goncalves
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The competition was fierce but the ladies sure knew how to have fun. Miss Serbia 2011, Anja Saranovic, dances the Samba in preparation for the pageant. Click to see more photos of the other contestants in the three weeks leading to the big night.
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And speaking of drama, Foxnews.com reported that among the 89 beauties from around the world, Colombia's reigning beauty queen, 22-year-old Catalina Robayo, has been turning heads by allegedly wearing mini-skirts without anything underneath.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Colombia had to be spoken to and told she needed to wear underpants, as what she was doing was totally inappropriate," an insider told the Fox website. No doubt the pageant's owner, Donald Trump, is smiling at the free publicity.
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Australia's Miss Universe contestant Scherri-Lee Biggs parades an Australian National Costume she will wear at the Miss Universe final. The competition will be broadcast live from Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.
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Miss Universe contestant, Miss Germany, Valeria Bystritskaia, poses for a picture during a visit to the nonprofit Catholic organization, Mercy Alliance, in host city Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Miss Universe contestants, Miss Canada Chelsae Durocher, left, and Miss Denmark Sandra Amer pose for a picture while preparing for the big show. For the first time ever, fans in represented countries have been able to vote for their favorite contestant online.
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Miss Guatemala 2011, Alejandra Barillas Solis, rehearses the evening gown event. Contestants will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
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Miss Puerto Rico 2011, Viviana Ortiz, rehearses the evening gown event. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Brazilian legend Joao Gilberto, will perform her electronic bossa nova single “Close Your Eyes” during the evening gown portion of the competition.
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Miss Israel 2011, Kim Edri, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant. In 2010 the pageant used photos of contestants, including Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, in nothing but body paint to promote the show.
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Miss Nigeria 2011, Sophie Gemal, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
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Miss Mexico 2011, Karin Ontiveros, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
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Miss Finland 2011, Pia Pakarinen, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
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Miss Jamaica 2011, Shakira Martin, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
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Miss Canada 2011, Chelsae Durocher, poses in her swimsuit during a judges briefing for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
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Miss Universe contestant Vanessa Goncalves, of Venezuela, looks on as she visits a samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Miss Universe contestants, Miss Argentina Natalia Rodriguez and Miss Aruba Gillain Berry pose for a picture during a visit to the nonprofit Catholic organization, Mercy Alliance, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Miss Universe contestant, Miss Netherlands Kelly Weekers poses for a picture during a visit to the nonprofit Catholic organization, Mercy Alliance, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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In 2010 the Miss Universe contestants, including Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete, showed off their national costumes on stage and in a public parade in Las Vegas in advance of the Miss Universe 2010 competition. Click forward and take a look back at the 2010 contestants.
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Each national costume is meant to capture the essence of a contestant's home country through fashion. Miss Albania Angela Martini is the hottest human incarnation of the Land of the Eagles' flag we've ever seen. We've only seen one, but still -- lookin' good, girl.
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Though it is not a judged portion of competition, the national costume is always a hotly debated Miss Universe fan favorite. Miss Angola Jurema Ferraz preps her costume backstage.
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The bottom reps coastal west Africa, but the top screams Iron Maiden -- and no one's mad at that.
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A hearty gracias to Miss Argentina Yesica Di Vincenzo for not dressing up like Diego Maradona.
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Priscilla Lee, Miss Aruba 2010, was the first -- but not at all the last -- to sport feathers.
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Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell's national costume caused a national stir in her homeland. The one-piece suit underneath was hand-painted by an Aboriginal artist, but Australia wasn't thrilled with the flamenco-style skirt. We think it's gorgeous.
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Braneka Bassett, Miss Bahamas 2010, went Miami Vice Intro in the best and featheriest possible way.
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Miss Belgium Cilou Annys sports a nod to her homeland superstars Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin with a rackety ensemble.
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Bolivian Miss Claudia Arce Lemaitre chose to go a more traditional route.
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So did Tirelo Ramasedi, Miss Botswana, whose costume was accompanied by a few steps of a tribal dance.
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Debora Lyra, Miss Brazil, amped up the volume in a striking flowered gown.
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Josefina Nunez, Miss British Virgin Islands, prompts one question: how did women ever wear any such thing in the Caribbean without having heat stroke? Perhaps we'll get an answer if she makes it to the Final Question round.
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Miss Canada Elena Semikina went ice queen in a nod to winter.
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Miss China Tang Wen wore a modern version of traditional chinese dress.
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Who's a prettier peacock than an actual peacock? That's Marva Wright, Miss Costa Rica.
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Miss Colombia Natalia Navarro turned into a golden warrior-goddess for photographers. The Miss Universe competition will be shown live on Monday night at 9.
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Hips may not lie, but those belonging to Miss Croatia Lana Obad sure are speaking to us from the curves of her national costume.
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Safira de Wit, Miss Curacao 2010, preps for the national costume parade in the contestant dressing room.
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It was worthwhile, if sailing under a sparkly red flower is your idea of fun. (And really, it should be.)
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Miss Cyprus Demetra Olymbiou films her telecast introduction segment in her national costume.
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If we interpret Jitka Valkova's getup correctly, the Czech Republic contains pianos and pointy things.
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Surprisingly not the lash-happy costume of Miss Singapore -- this is Eva Arias, Miss Dominican Republic, besting Indian Jones with the addition of a spectacular towering hat.
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Miss Ecuador Lady Mina flashes a smile as bright as her skirt.
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Miss Egypt Donia Hamed takes a trip back in time.
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Sonia Cruz, Miss El Salvador, delivers her intro with flair.
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Viivi Pumpanen, Miss Finland: we want to go there.
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Miss France Malika Menard waits her turn in a beret sporting its very own Eiffel Tower. Good thing she hadn't planned on a salute to a World Cup win.
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Georgia: it's also a country. Nana Gogichaishvili dons a traditional costume on stage at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
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The costume seems incomplete without beer and sausage, but there is nothing lacking on Miss Germany Kristiana Rohder.
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To-ga! To-ga! Anna Prelevits, Miss Greece 2010, poses for photographers.
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Awurama Simpson rocks a dress that screams "Ghana!" in bright yellow and gray.
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Tara Vaitiere Hoyos, Miss Great Britain, makes one wish the changing of the guard never comes.
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There's a lady in that plant, and she's Miss Guam Vanessa Torres.
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Miss Guatemala Jessica Scheel waits backstage in a cap of shells, feathers, and beads.
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The overall effect? Spectacular.
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Tamika Henry, Miss Guyana, is on the growl during the Miss Universe 2010 National Costume Parade.
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Miss Haiti Sarodj Bertin reps her country in a skirt so large giant people appear to be living inside of it.
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Kenia Martinez, Miss Honduras, has the eye of the tiger. Watch Monday night at 9 ET on NBC to see how she fares in Miss Universe 2010.
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Miss Hungary Timea Babinyecz went adorably traditional in the National Costume Parade around Mandalay Bay.
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Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta went full-on gorgeous with blue and gold silk.
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Miss Indonesia Qory Sandioriva paired her traditional costume with of-the-moment heels.
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If Miss Universe hosted a talent portion of the competition, Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps could legitimately perform delicate unpacking.
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Her costume emerged from its cocoon nearly as striking as she is.
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Maiko Itai, Miss Japan, doesn't realize that it's passersby who need to fan themselves.
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In the how-does-she-walk-in-that category reins Miss Kazakstan, Asselina Kuchukova.
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Joori Kim, Miss Korea 2010, stopped to pose during the National Costume Parade through Mandalay Bay on Wednesday.
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Kosovo's Keshtjella Pepshi makes an enchanting stabby goat priestess. Or something.
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Miss Lebanon Rahaf Abdallah filmed her Miss Universe intro in traditional dress.
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Miss Malaysia Nadine Ann Thomas's costume came complete with stunning leaf detail and very purposeful choreography. Do not mess with this woman.
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Miss Mauritius Dalysha Doorga.
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Miss Mexico's golden Mayan getup was nothing short, and nothing short of spectacular.
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Desiree van den Berg reps the Netherlands, a country located in Dick Van Dyke's cartoon drawing from Mary Poppins.
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Ria van Dyke, Miss New Zealand 2010, wears her national costume on stage in Las Vegas.
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Nothing screams fierce like feathers shooting out one's calves. Scharllette Allen Moses, Miss Nicaragua 2010, kills the national costume segment.
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Miss Nigeria Ngozi Odalonu shows off her country's style during the Miss Universe National Costume Parade.
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Miss Norway Melinda Elvenes wears her national costume during a pre-taped segment for the Miss Universe competition.
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This burst of ruffled color is Miss Paraguay Yohana Benitez Olmedo. In related news, we're checking flights to Paraguay.
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Miss Panama Anyoli Abrego knocks the national costume out of the park, even as we're stymied as to how she climbed in to all those parts.
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No less decorative is Miss Peru, Giuliana Zevallos.
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Venus Raj reps the Philippines, flowers, and fans.
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This is not Katy Perry in a clam. It's Maria Nowakowska, Miss Poland, doing her country proud.
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Miss Puerto Rico Mariana Paola Vicente' national costume is meant to represent the rainforest.
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Romania: it has reeds. And thanks to Oana Paveluc, Miss Romania 2010, you now know.
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Miss Russia Irina Antonenko's gorgeous nod to slain aristocracy. Not pictured: Rasputin.
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Miss Serbia Lidija Kocic pauses for photographers during the National Costume Parade.
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We're not quite sure what Miss Singapore Tania Lim's national costume is meant to convey. It's very gray? Clean? Shiny?
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Anna Amenova, Miss Slovak Republic.
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Marika Savsek, Miss Slovenia, is wearing a fire-breathing dragon on her skirt. That's wifey material if we've ever seen it.
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Miss South Africa Nicole Flint rocks the National Costume Parade stage.
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Senorita, we feel for you, as Justin Timberlake would say. Miss Spain Adriana Reveron goes flamenco in the traditional dance-wear of her country.
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Miss Sri Lanka Ishanka Madurasinghe.
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Michaela Savic shows her true colors in the yellow and blue of Sweden.
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Miss Switzerland Linda Faeh gets a helping hand with her hairy costume.
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The results: stabby Swiss Miss! Neutrality has never looked so fierce.
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Tanzanian Hellen Dausen topped four-inch heels with tradition and a cap.
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While Miss Thailand Fonthip Watcharatrakul wowed in her silk and ankle booties. How does one get that thing on one's head?
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A: very, very carefully.
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Miss Turkey Gizem Memic went exaggerated and blind but not too campy with her national costume.
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Miss Trinidad & Tobago LaToya Woods is hot like the sun in her Carnival-style getup. Each contestant is challenged to capture the essence of her homeland through fashion -- and though it is not a judged portion of competition, the national costume is always a hotly debated Miss Universe fan favorite.
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Miss Ukraine Anna Poslavska posed in a dress made entirely of real wheat. Eat your heart out, Project Runway.
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Miss Uruguay Stephany Ortega salutes the horse culture of her homeland in modern jodhpurs and traditional embellishments.
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Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, wears a costume designed after the eagle on the presidential seal of the United States -- complete with both olive branch and arrows.
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Miss U.S. Virgin Islands Janeisha John also went with golden plumage.
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Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson turned heads in a Lady Gaga-ish mirrored bodysuit designed to celebrate the architecture in her homeland.
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Last and least, in terms of volume: that's Miss Zambia Alice Musukwa in a bra made of gourds. There are no words -- but there is more Miss Universe to come when the competition airs live on Monday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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