Laury Thilleman, Miss France, is not happy with the new Miss Universe 2011.
During a telephone interview with the French magazine Premiere.fr, she made malicious and haughty comments about Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, who was just crowned as the Miss Universe 2011.
Thilleman finished in the top 10 finalists in the competition when Miss Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
When Thilleman was asked about her reaction when she was qualified in the top 16 she said, When I finished in top 16, I thought it was a good sign. My father, my art director and Sylvie Tellier supported me. It was a great victory for France when I reached in top 10 finalists.
It's wonderful to be with 88 girls of all nationalities. The atmosphere was very good with the girls and there was no competitive spirit, we supported each other there was a very fair play spirit, Thilleman said.
But when Leila Lopes won she said, the win surprised her (actually she said all the contestants were surprised) and noted that Miss Angola hardly ever wore makeup and she often wore jeans.
Lopes was a very reserved kind of person and she also lacked in personality, Thilleman said.
Oh, and the fact that the contest was held in Brazil also played a big role -- the implication being that Angola is a former Portuguese colony like Brazil. (If that's the case then why didn't they just elect Miss Brazil?), Thilleman told the magazine.
Miss France's quotes, as translated by The Washington Post: 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.