Leila Lopes

by ethnic on September 13, 2011

Birth Name: Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes

Place of Birth: Benguela, Angola

Date of Birth: 26 February, 1986

Ethnicity: Angolan

Leila Lopes is an Angolan actress, model, and beauty queen. She was crowned the 2011 Miss Universe. She is 5 feet 10 inches tall and studied business management in the U.K.

Leila is the daughter of Dulce Costa and Geraldo Vieira Lopes. A picture of Leila with her father can be seen here. A picture of Leila with her mother can be seen here.

Leila is married to British-born American NFL player Osi Umenyiora, who is of Igbo Nigerian descent.

Leila has said:

Unfortunately a lot of information that are being published have absolutely no sense whatsoever. Among them, my ancestry. I don’t have any Cape Verdean ancestry, I’m 100% Angolan, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Angolan people.

Sources: http://revistaepoca.globo.com

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andrew May 3, 2017 at 11:45 am


It appears that her parents are Cape Verdean. Also some websites describe her as having Cuban ancestry. That is uncorrect.

stlucas May 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Her Cape Verdean ancestry is incorrect.

When asked about it, she stated:

“Unfortunately a lot of information that are being published have absolutely no sense whatsoever. Among them, my ancestry. I don’t have any Cape Verdean ancestry, I’m 100% Angolan, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Angolan people”.


andrew May 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Thank you. Maybe she means that all her recent ancestors were born in Angola, but I believe that both her parents could have some degree of Portuguese ancestry. What do you think?



stlucas May 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

I believe she does have some Portuguese ancestry. I might be wrong, but I guess she has said it in an interview once.

BTW, Leila is married to British-born American NFL star (of Igbo Nigerian background) Osi Umenyiora.

stlucas May 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Leila’s parents are Dulce Costa and Geraldo Vieira Lopes.

midori29 December 8, 2017 at 5:40 am

@Andrew Of course every PRETTY black girl has to be labeled have some white dna. Its so ridiculous. People cannot see how racist this is? Do you dig into the grandparents of attractive white women to find non-white dna. ???? NO you dont. Black African women cannot even be 100% if they claim to be. Not everyone is mixed. And who cares about great grandparents

This girl is 100% black African Nigerian, lots of pretty women are not mixed. https://youtu.be/XvrfB7ENqvY

andrew December 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

How many times do you have to post the video of this girl? To say that Leila Lopes has some Portuguese ancestry has nothing to do with racism.

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

Its very annoying as a black woman to see every pretty black woman called mullata or mixed. Its ridiculous and society is soooo brainwashed. This woman is a Black African plain and simple. STOP mixing people up for no reason.

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Her facial features look Caucasian influenced, she obviously has Portuguese admixture as stated!

midori29 December 8, 2017 at 5:43 am

@Check7t PLEASE stop being Stupid there are millions of black Africans with narrow noses and thin lips, Millions that are 100% African.

Ethiopian woman is 88.5% Subsahran BLACK African woman link, she has a thin nose and thin lips: https://youtu.be/fpdOvdUBYvA

arjanguelsk August 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

She have portuguese, se is Angolan with Portuguese on her….. With colonization born many mixed people ( mestizos ) and they have the last name cuz the ascendence. She can be predominantly black or what you want…. But she do have Portuguese on her. Anyways she is proud of her , of her culture and how and what she is.. And that is the important thing.

multiethnic April 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

She’s ‘Mestico’, that’s the specific ethnic group in Angola of Portuguese descent.

multiethnic April 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

Mesticos are also their own socio-economic class in Angola. They are the political, social and economic elite of the entire population there.

arjanguelsk August 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Mesticos are an ethnic group, specially in Africa and Latin America.

arjanguelsk August 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm


lima January 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

she didn’t say she has portuguese descendants loool, she just said that angola was colonized by the portuguese and thats where “Lopes” comes from. And whoever wrote the wiki page about her is a retard!

arjanguelsk August 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

A lot of people of Angola have Portuguese ascendence, in blood, ADN… He is not retard he just wrote what he found about her…. If u have another information tell us but do not insult other for what u think….

How life is November 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

My grandparents were Italian, but I don’t dare to say I am Italian, Italian people wouldn’t tolerate this. But if I win a mundial contest or a Nobel Prize, then… Well… Then they would award me an Italian citizenship in two seconds.

Jose Lomba November 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

Her parents are from Santiago Cape Verde. Someone changed the Wikipedia bio. Every article on the Web says that her parents are from CV. People are trying to portray her as a black African whereas in reality, she is probably close to being half Portuguese too.

Tuga Angola November 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

you guys just ridiculous. why does it matter if she from angola or cape verde? the article says she is mixed angolan and portuguese. cape verdean are mixed african and portuguese as well. the african part just comes from another part of africa but as you don’t even seem to see the difference why do you care? She is clearly mulata could be from cape verde angola or portugal too so stop the hate

Kina cabral October 13, 2011 at 6:04 am

Some Cape Verdeans consider anyone of Cape Verdean heritage to be Cape Verdean even if they are several generations removed from their original heritage. This is especially so in the Cape Verdean Diaspora where immigrants display a fierce loyalty and pride to their country of national heritage.
Leila Lopes is not cape verdean evebody knows that.

sander October 13, 2011 at 5:00 am

If she was cape verdean why she never talk about cape verde where are her cape verdean family.Do you believe that?
Iam cape verdean and i live in Lobito if she was cape verdean many people of her family going talk about that.
Leila Lopes father gave a interview in radio Angola and said that all family is angolan with portuguese descendent.Leila Lopes parents are divorced Dulce Costa leila lopes mother born in Benguela and her father Geraldo Vieira Lopes born in Kwanza Sul.

ethnic October 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

I have updated this profile. thanks all for the feedback.


Jose Lomba October 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

She is Cape Verdean living in Angola. Like I said said, google her name with Cape verde and see what you get. Angola is a crooked, war torn country where the government controls the press.

Manila May 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm

You haven’t named her parents yet here.

Jose Lomba October 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Cristy October 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

I saw the interview and leila said:
There has been much talk about their ancestry. Want to comment?
LL: Unfortunately a lot of information that are published do not have the slightest sense. Among them my ancestry. I have absolutely nothing to Cape Verde, Angola’m 100 per cent, daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Angolans.
Respect the true why people creat stories?


Jose Lomba October 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Leila Lopes is Cape Verdean. Google her name with Cape Verde. This article that has been cited is Angolan Propaganda.

Lene October 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

Leila Lopes is not cape verdean neitheir their parents.
Cape verdean say Stacey Dash and Lionel Ritchie are cape verdean too.ahahahahahahah see this Leila Lopes interview about this question.
Sometimes we love create this history about every mixed people to be cape verd.

dframoj October 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I don’t see anything HATER … do you me when she says “she’s of Cape verde decent but she’s 100% Angola”…. that mean although she’s of Cape verde decent she really Angola (it’s a expression). I saw an interview she says she of Cape Verde decent search…

Jimenez January 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Didn’t you see the interview posted right above by Lene, in the comment post you answered, where she says that she is Angolan and have no recent CV ancestry? Just because some myth is spread like wildfire all over the Internet doesn’t make it true.

Former MySpace Celebrity September 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

She is so pretty.

David Lomba September 14, 2011 at 11:41 am


Jose Lomba September 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Beautiful mulatta criola di Cabo verde!

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 9:06 am

@Jose Lomba she is NOT MUlatta she is BLACK African 100%

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