Leila Luliana Da Costa Vieira Lopes – or Leila Lopes for short – is going down Miss Universe history as the titleholder with the longest reign ever. Fifteen months to be exact, or one year and three months if you will. Not that she is overstaying her welcome at Trump Towers in Manhattan, but because of the dragging delay of MUO (Miss Universe Organization) in finalizing a venue for Miss Universe 2012. But now that Dominican Republic has been zeroed in as host country, the only undetermined specific is whether Santo Domingo or Punta Cana will be at the helm of organizing the whole pageant.
In the meantime, Leila is already itching to return to her normal life in Angola and the UK. You see, unlike some of her immediate predecessors who lavished in the glitz and glamour of the high life in Manhattan, this lady managed to avoid most of the material trappings that come with the job. She happily fulfilled the travelling requirements – attending various national finals to crown the winner, visited charity causes and the like plus making guest appearances in social events.
Leila may not qualify as Donald Trump’s favorite Miss Universe winner (Dayana Mendoza ia rumored to have bragging rights at the moment) but she can always take pride in being able to hold on to the Diamond Nexus Lab crown the longest, unless another edition gets scheduled longer than her record.