Miss Universe 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant, was held on 12 September 2011 at Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil. Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, becoming the fourth African country to win the title after South Africa in 1978, Namibia in 1992 and Botswana in 1999. Contestants from 89 countries and territories participated in this year's pageant, surpassing the previous record of 86 contestants in 2006.
Greece – Iliana Papageorgiou was appointed by the Star Hellas organization to represent Greece at Miss Universe 2011.
Guatemala – Alejandra Barillas was appointed as Miss Universe Guatemala 2011 in a special ceremony. Barillas was the original representative to Miss Universe 2010 but due to an injury she could not attend. One of her runner-ups (Jessica Scheel) took her place.
Kazakhstan – Valeriya Aleinikova was appointed to represent Kazakhstan after the Miss Kazakhstan organization dropped the franchise and a new organization took over.
Montenegro – Nikolina Loncar was appointed to represent Montenegro after she could not compete in 2010 because she did not meet the minimum age requirement.
Vietnam – Vũ Thị Hoàng My was appointed to represent Vietnam after the pageant organizers were unable to host a beauty pageant. The permission was granted by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam, which authorizes the international representation of the nation in events of any kind.