Miss Angola

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Comité Miss Angola
Formation1997; 26 years ago (1997)
TypeBeauty pageant
Official language
National Director
Leila Lopes

The Miss Angola is a national beauty pageant in Angola. The pageant was founded in 1997 where the winners were sent to Miss Universe. In 2022 the brand of Miss Angola also used the name of Miss Angola Universo or Miss Universo Angola, this aims to be the organization's concern to the Miss Universe competition.

The organization of Miss Angola has produced one Miss Universe winner; Leila Lopes of Benguela Province was crowned Miss Universe 2011, becoming the first black African to win Miss Universe since 1999.


Miss Angola was first founded in 1997 under the directorship of Ana Paula Lemos dos Santos, as the sole Angolan franchise owner to Miss World and Miss Universe. Within its first decade of competing internationally, Miss Angola had amassed six placements across the two pageants. In 2011, Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011, becoming the first Angolan woman to win a major international pageant.[1] In 2022, Lopes acquired the Miss Universe franchise license in Angola.

Miss Universe 2011

On 12 September 2011, Miss Angola 2010, Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in São Paulo, Brazil, receiving the title from the former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.[2][3] She is currently the 60th Miss Universe titleholder, and is the first Angolan woman to hold the position.[4] Lopes is the 5th woman of African descent to win the title since the beginning of the worldwide pageant (following Miss Trinidad and Tobago in 1977, Miss USA in 1995, Miss Trinidad and Tobago in 1998, and Miss Botswana in 1999) and the fourth African woman from the African continent to win following Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999 from Botswana.

National directors

  • Ana Paula Lemos dos Santos (1997-2019)
  • Leila Lopes (2022―present)


Leila Lopes after being crowned Miss Universe 2011

The Miss Angola competition is traditionally holding provincial representation every year. The 18 delegates across Angola and some overseas delegates outside Angola will compete for the crown. In the final result, there will be Second Runner-up, First Runner-up, then finally Miss Angola winner.


Year Miss Angola Province
1997 Emília Guardado Cabinda
1998 Egídia Torres Luanda
1999 Karine Eunice da Cunha Manita Luanda
2000 Hidianeth Luisa Cussema Bie
2001 Geovana Pinto Leite Benguela
2002 Ana José Sebastião Luanda
2003 Telma de Jesus Sonhi[5] Lunda Sul
2004 Zenilde Josias Luanda
2005 Stiviandra Oliveira Huíla
2006 Micaela Reis Luanda
2007 Lesliana Pereira Zaire
2008 Nelsa Alves Luanda
2009 Jurema Ferraz[6] Namibe
2010 Leila Lopes[7]
Miss Universe 2011
2011 Marcelina Vahekeni Cunene
2012 Vaumara Rebelo Luanda
2013 Zuleica Wilson Cabinda
2014 Whitney Shikongo Huíla
2015 Luísa Baptista Cuando Cubango
2016 Lauriela Martins Cabinda
2018 Ana Liliana Avião Luanda
2019 Salett Natalia Martins Miguel Cuanza Sul
2022 Swelia Da Silva Antonio Luanda
2023 Ana Coimbra Benguela
2024 TBA TBA

Wins by province

Province Titles Years
Luanda 9 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2022
Benguela 3 2001, 2010, 2023
Cabinda 1997, 2013, 2016
Huíla 1 2005, 2014
Cuanza Sul 1 2019
Cuando Cubango 2015
Cunene 2011
Namibe 2009
Zaire 2007
Lunda Sul 2003
Bie 2000

Titleholders under Comité Miss Angola

Miss Angola Universo

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
The main winner of Miss Angola represents Angola at Miss Universe pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
Year Province Miss Angola Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
2024 TBA
2023 Benguela Ana Coimbra[8] Unplaced
  • Voice For Change (Gold Finalist)
2022 Luanda Swelia Da Silva António Unplaced Leila Lopes directorship.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no representative in 2020—2021
2019 Cuanza Sul Salett Natalia Martins Miguel Unplaced
2018 Luanda Ana Liliana Avião Unplaced
2017 Cabinda Lauriela Márcia Martins Unplaced
2016 Cuando Cubango Luísa Djanice da Silva Baptista Unplaced
2015 Huíla Whitney Houston de Abreu Shikongo Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
2014 Cabinda Zuleica Marilha dos Santos Wilson Unplaced
2013 Luanda Vaumara Patricia Carriço Rebelo Unplaced
2012 Cunene Marcelina Vahekeni Unplaced
2011 Benguela Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes Miss Universe 2011
2010 Namibe Jurema Ferraz Unplaced
2009 Luanda Nelsa Suraia Pombal Alves Unplaced
2008 Huíla Lesliana Massoxi Amaro Gomes Pereira Unplaced
2007 Luanda Micaela Patrícia Reis Top 10
2006 Luanda Isménia Júnior[a] Unplaced Replacement — Isménia Júnior was originally the first runner-up at Miss Angola 2005, but went on to compete in Miss Universe 2006 after the original winner Stiviandra Oliveira was too young to compete, being only 17; Oliveira went on to compete in Miss World 2006 instead.
2005 Luanda Zenilde Laurinda Josias Unplaced
2004 Lunda Sul Telma de Jesus Esperança Sonhi Top 15
2003 Luanda Ana José Sebastião Top 15
2002 Luanda Geovana Pinto Leite Unplaced
2001 Luanda Hidianeth Luisa Cussema Unplaced
2000 Luanda Karine Eunice da Cunha Manita Unplaced
1999 Cabinda Egídia Torres Unplaced
1998 Luanda Emília Guardado Unplaced Ana Paula Lemos dos Santos directorship.

Past titleholders under Comité Miss Angola

Miss Angola Mundo

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Before 2013 the 1st Runner-up of Miss Angola participated at Miss World pageant, but some years the main winner also took this opportunity at Miss World. Began 2013 the new foundation called Miss Angola Mundo pageant will independently select Angolan representation to Miss World.
Year Province Miss Angola Mundo Placement at Miss World Special Awards Notes
2013 Uíge Maria Castelo Unplaced
2012 Luanda Edmilza Santos Unplaced
2011 Did not compete
2010 Benguela Ivanita Jones Unplaced
2009 Huambo Nadia Silva Unplaced
2008 Luanda Birgite dos Santos Top 5
2007 Uíge Micaela Patrícia Reis 1st Runner-up
2006 Huíla Stiviandra Oliveira[a] Top 6
2005 Did not compete
2004 Luanda Silvia João de Deus Unplaced
2003 Luanda Celma Antunes Carlos Unplaced
2002 Luanda Rosa Mujinga Muxito Unplaced
2001 Luanda Alexandra Da Rocha Unplaced
2000 Luanda Deolinda Manuel Vilela Unplaced
1999 Luanda Lorena Silva Unplaced
1998 Luanda Maria Cortez de Lemos Unplaced Ana Paula Lemos dos Santos directorship.

Miss Angola Internacional

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
The Miss International Angola was declared by the Miss Angola Organization. In 2004 Angola debuted at Miss International, and Miss Angola 2003, Telma de Jesus Sonhi went to China at Miss International in 2004. That year is the only edition of Angola competing in history under Miss Angola Organization.
Year Province Miss Angola Internacional Placement at Miss International Special Awards Notes
2004 Lunda Sul Telma de Jesus Sonhi Unplaced Ana Paula Lemos dos Santos directorship.

Gallery of winners


  1. ^ a b Replacement


  1. ^ Hughes, Sarah Anne (September 13, 2011). "Angolan beauty queen wins Miss Universe: A primer on the African country". Washington Post. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  2. ^ Elliott, Christopher (September 14, 2011). "Miss Universe 2011 pageant crowns Miss Angola, Leila Lopes". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Miss Angola Leila Lopes is Miss Universe 2011! retrieved 12 September 2011
  4. ^ "Miss Angola Leila Lopes named Miss Universe at 60th annual pageant in Brazil". Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "2004 Miss International beauty pageant". Life. September 30, 2004. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "Jurema Ferraz: Depois de Angola o Universo". O País. July 15, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  7. ^ "Leila Lopes crowned Miss Angola 2011". Angola Press Agency. December 18, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Barbara Coimbra eleita Miss Angola Universo 2023" [Ana Coimbra elected Miss Angola Universe 2023]. Jornal de Angola (in Portuguese). July 23, 2023. Retrieved July 24, 2023.