The southwest African nation of Angola won its first “Miss Universe” pageant. Leila Lopes won the title of Miss Universe 2011. Her response to one of the most insensitive questions is commendable and laudable and should serve as a guide for young, Black girls and teens.
When asked, “If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?” Ms. Lopes responded:
“Thank God I am very-well 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 plan to follow these through the rest of my life. And now I would like to give all of you a piece of advice: Respect one another.”
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