Leila Lopes, who is currently in the Dominican Republic as a special guest during the national competition, stated that she supports MUO owner Donald Trump and his decision of allowing transsexuals to compete in Miss Universe.
Referring to Jenna Talackova’s case, Lopes affirmed that “if she has been accepted to live legally as a woman, I am pleased with Trump’s decision”.
Lopes declared to Vivir!, a magazine of local newspaper Hoy, that she admires the beauty of Jennifer Hawkins and Ximena Navarrete. She said it’s false that she’s been whitening her skin (a rumor that hit the blogosphere last year). “I am proud of the color of my skin”.
She was asked about her opinion on the Dominican Republic hosting the Miss Universe pageant later this year. “There are several countries bidding to host, but this is a beautiful and safe country, with nice weather, marvelous food… all these elements make it deserving to host the competition” answered Lopes, who said her favorite spot in the country is Punta Cana.
Leila also said that her most heart-warming moments as Miss Universe were her homecoming in Angola, and being named goodwill ambassador by the government of Indonesia.
She won the Miss Universe title in Sao Paulo last September. Leila is currently 26 years old.
Video interview courtesy of Ensegundos.net