April 16, 1995|
Cuando Cubango, Angola
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Title||Miss Angola 2016|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Miss Angola 2016|
Miss Universe 2016
Luísa Baptista (born April 16, 1995) is an Angolan model and beauty pageant titleholder who won the title of Miss Angola 2016 after qualifying as Miss Cuando Cubango; the first time someone from that region had won the Miss Angola title. She represented Angola at Miss Universe 2016.
Early and personal life
Baptista qualified to compete at the Miss Angola beauty pageant in 2015 after becoming Miss Cuando Cubango. The prize package consisted of 200,000 Angolan kwanzas, a car, a mobile phone, a television and a stereo. Baptista said afterwards that she hoped to use the victory to promote HIV/AIDS and cancer awareness among young people. She had been convinced to compete by her family, as she hoped to qualify for a scholarship through participation.
In December 2015, 20 year old Baptista won the title of Miss Angola 2016 out of 17 contestants, the first to win from Cuando Cubango. She succeeded Whitney Shikongo, who was competing in Miss Universe 2015 at that time. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes. Baptista's goal as Miss Angola is to be an ambassador of projects and social actions. On her return to her native province, she was paraded through the streets of Menongue in a procession.
Since winning the title, she has visited orphanages in Kilamba, maternity clinics, and the regional pageant contests for the following year. Baptista competed at Miss Universe 2016, but was unplaced.
- "Angola: Student Luisa Baptista Crowned Miss Angola 2016". ANGOP. December 24, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2016 – via AllAfrica.com.
- "Luisa Baptista is Miss Angola 2016". TPN News. December 14, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "Cuando Cubango: Luísa Baptista eleita miss Cuando Cubango/2016". ANGPOP. August 13, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
- "Luísa Baptista candidatou-se a miss pela bolsa de estudo". Angola Network. March 17, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
- "Cuando Cubango: Miss Angola leva coroa a Menongue". ANGPOP. December 15, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
- "Luísa Baptista acarinha crianças do Lar Santa Rita". Jornal de Angola (in Portuguese). October 19, 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Luísa Baptista em campanha de solidariedade no Lubango". Angola Network. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "A mais bela do Bengo". Jornal de Angola (in Portuguese). October 6, 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
|Awards and achievements|
| Miss Angola