Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopez is expected to make a second visit to Ghana later this month as a judge of 2013 Miss Universe Ghana finals.
The Angolan beauty queen was named, by organizers of the pageant, Roberta Annan Consulting (RAC), among five personalities who will judge the finale of the prestigious event.
She will join Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson; presenter Benny Blanco; Brian D. Hogan, founder of investment firm Paradigm Capital Group; and model Veronica Varekova as judges of the pageant.
This year’s Miss Universe Ghana finals is scheduled to take place on May 25, 2013 and although organizers have not named a venue for the event yet, sources say the Accra International Conference Centre may host the finale.
Leila was crowned Miss Universe 2011 at the 60th Miss Universe pageant in Rio Janeiro, Brazil.
This was the first time in 12 years that an African won the title and also became the second black African woman ever to be a Miss Universe titleholder.
Leila Lopez visited Ghana last year during a tour of SOS Villages and Orphanages across West Africa.
This year, ten Ghanaian beauty hopefuls will vie for the title of Miss Universe Ghana during a star-studded finale which marks the 11th edition of the pageant.
The ten finalists are; Akua, Albie, Ama, Emerald, Georgina, Hanniel, Helen, Mya, Olivia and Stacy.
The finale, which will see one of the hopefuls taking over from reigning queen Gifty Ofori, is expected to showcase the talent, beauty, intelligence and confidence of Ghana’s young women.
The winner of the Miss Universe Ghana pageant will represent Ghana at the 62nd Miss Universe 2013 at a yet to be announced venue. Olivia Culpo of the USA, winner of 2012 pageant, will crown her successor at the end of that event.