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WATCH NOW: Miss Angola Crowned As Miss Universe 2011!! *For My Dark-Skinned Girls/Women*

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This is for my dark-skinned girls….

“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing. I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.” – Leila Lopes, Miss Universe, 2011

When asked on stage during the Miss Universe pageant what physical trait she’d change if she could….

I thought about all the dark-skinned women that preceded Leila, Genevieve Nnaji; Jackie Appiah; Stephanie Okereke; Oprah Winfrey; Whoopi Goldberg; Mo’Nique; Angela Bassett, Korto Momolu, Chimamanda Adichie, Dambisa Moyo, Ory Okolloh, Khanyi Dhlomo, Funmi Iyanda…*did I miss anyone?!?….insert name here please*

And I thought of the same power that prompted Anna Julia Cooper in 1892 to tell a group of black clergymen,

“Only the black woman can say,when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole . . . race enters with me.'”

And I say to every dark-skinned girl….they’ve entered so you too, can be fully present….

Watch Leila’s crowning moment:

Super proud!

The 2011  Miss Universe Film:

As I always say….



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    Hey,nice pics.I like her spirit .Its really a great message for the people that the inner beauty i more valuable than physical look.Thanks for sharing this post with us.Keep it up in future too.

  • Hydrabadchik

    Inner beauty??  OK, ,she may have plenty of that.  But what about this event could possibly display INNer beauty trumping the outer??

  • HydrabadChik

    Leila Lopes’ win doesn’t represent any change of the status quo as far as DARK skinned women are concerned.  Maybe for light brown women like those in Asia,  South America and the Middle East.  BUt not for most of us.

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