Last Monday (Sept 12), Miss Angola Leila Lopes created history after she was crowned Miss Universe 2011. Lopes is the first African to take home the prestigious pageant title.

The victory did not come easy, as criticism begins to mount, including from one of the top 10 finalist, Miss France Laury Thilleman.

According to French Magazine ‘Premiere’, Laury Thilleman has insinuated that Leila didn’t deserve the win.

“She was the only girl I didn’t know very well. We didn’t see her much; she was very discreet. She was often in jeans and not wearing makeup. We were all surprised by her win. Many girls made efforts that were not rewarded. I don’t know, something is missing in her temperament. The fact that the competition was held in Brazil surely played a role.”

Miss Universe judge, Lea Salonga, gave an interview to Funfare in which she says she believes that the contestants and the public should respect the judges’ decision, as it was made fairly.

“We were told to judge them all objectively. What I now don’t understand is the brouhaha following the pageant’s conclusion”, she said. “Everyone needs to respect the judges’ decision. I stand by my ranking.”