Miss Angola is Angola's national pageant which was founded in 1997, the winner competes in Miss Universe and in Miss World. Angola has competed at Miss Universe since 1998 and has had two top fifteen placements (2003 and 2004), a top ten placement (2007) and a Miss Universe in 2011,with Leila Lopes. It has had great success in Miss World as well, with three straight top 5/6 finishes from 2006-8: a first runner-up position with Micaela Reis (and Queen of Africa) in 2007 and a third runner-up (and Queen of Africa) with Brigith dos Santos in 2008, and a top 6 (and Queen of Africa) finish with Stiviandra Oliveira in 2006.
The winner of Miss Angola represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. In 2004, Miss Angola 2003 took position for the first Angolan Representative at Miss International pageant. In 2006, Miss Angola 2005 did not compete at Miss Universe, due to minimum age recruitment, the 1st Runner-up took the title for replacing her at the pageant. In 2006-2007, Miss Angola winners also competed at Miss World pageant.
The 1st Runner-up of Miss Angola represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. As of 2012, Comite Miss Angola has created a separate pageant called "Miss Angola Mundo" to select its representative for Miss World 2013. The pageant was held for the first time on August 24, 2012 in Luanda and the winner was Maria Castelo who will represent Angola in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia in September 2013.