Miss Angola used false documents?
MANILA, Philippines — Controversy hounds the 2011 Miss Universe pageant after reports claimed the winner, Miss Angola, used false documents to join the contest.
A news article in the Daily Mail, a newspaper in London, dated Sept. 16, 2011, reported that the newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes had used fake documents to get into the pageant.
The Daily Mail said a man identified as Charles Mukano allegedly helped Lopes to join the Miss Angola UK, a beauty contest for Angolan women staying in London, “despite her living in Angola.’’
An Argentine news source reported that Mukano organized the beauty contest that Lopes won. The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) told the AOL Latino that they do not know Mukano. It said the organizer of the Miss Angola pageant is Renato Guttler.
But another report claimed that Mukano allegedly obtained false documents to prove that Lopes is a business student in Britain. The MUO has denied the allegations.
Lopes, 25, is the first Miss Universe from Angola.
Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup was 3rd runner-up.
Missosology, a website on the beauty pageant, posted that in an interview by the French magazine Premiere, 2011 Miss France Laury Thilleman said she doubted Lopes’ victory in the Miss Universe pageant that was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last Sept. 12.
“She’s the only girl that I did not know too well. We did not see her much, she was very discreet. She was often in jeans and no makeup. We were all surprised by her victory. Many girls have made efforts that have not been rewarded. I do not know, there’s something missing in her temperament. The fact that the contest was held in Brazil has certainly played a role,” said Thilleman, who made the pageant’s Top 10.
The other finalists were Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko, first runner-up; Miss Brazil Priscilla Machado, 2nd runner-up; and Miss China Luo Zilin.
Supsup is expected to arrive Sunday morning, following a brief stay in Los Angeles, California.
A grand welcome has been prepared for her.
Apart from the ticker tape parade prepared by the Makati City government, Supsup, 25, is also expected to pay a courtesy call on President Aquino in Malacañang.