Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes wants to help her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe. Speaking in a timid voice early Tuesday shortly after taking the crown in Sao Paulo, the 25-year-old Lopes said that “as Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people.” “I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” she said. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.” Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were to get a lot of sleep, use sunblock even when it’s not sunny and drink lots of water. She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition. … Amy Winehouse’s family has launched a youth charity in her name to mark what would have been the singer’s 28th birthday. Winehouse, who had long fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead at her London home on July 23. Her family says toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death. The soul diva’s father, Mitch, says the Amy Winehouse Foundation will support organizations that help young people who are vulnerable, including those with addictions. The charity will derive much of its first income from the release of Winehouse’s duet with Tony Bennett, “Body And Soul,” on Wednesday.
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Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.