miss universe leila lopes vogue italia Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes poses for Vogue ItaliaIn a new photo spread in Vogue Italia, the reigning Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes poses for a series of photos shot by photographer John Jansheski for the magazine’s “Rebranding Africa” issue.

Lopes — wearing a series of high fashion looks from Tom Ford and others — strikes her poses in a schoolhouse. A fitting emblem of the tiara-sporting Lopes’ goal to raise awareness about the future of Angola — a former Portuguese colony — which is currently recovering from a 27-year civil war.

Leila, 26, is the eldest of seven children who went on to study business when not busy with pageants. She is, according to Vogue Italia, contemplating a move to Brazil to pursue an acting career before returning to Angola to launch her own cosmetics line.

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