Sao Paulo: Leila Lopes from Angola was on Tuesday crowned Miss Universe 2011 at a gala ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ukraine's Olesya Stefanko was the first runner-up while Brazil's Priscila Machado was the second runner-up.

Last year's winner Mexico's Jimena Navarrete, crowned Lopes, dressed in an off-shoulder cream coloured embellished gown.

This is the first time contestants from 89 countries participated in this beauty pageant, surpassing the previous record of 86 participants.

The Miss Congeniality award went to Montenegro's Nikolina Loncar, Sweden's Ronnia Fornstedt won 'Miss Photogenic' and the trophy for the best National Costume went to Panama's Sheldry Saez.

Live performances by Brazilian singers Claudia Leitte and Bebel Gilberto jazzed up the event.

Vasuki Sunkavalli out of race

India's dry run at the Miss Universe contest continued as Vasuki Sunkavalli failed to make it to the final 16 at the Miss Universe 2011 contest here.

Earlier, the 27-year-old was disappointed as she could not pose in her national costume because it was not delivered on time.

India hasn't won the crown since 2000. It was model-turned actress Lara Dutta who had won the crown for India in that year.

(Agencies)