FORGET INTEREST RATES and investment flows. The best signpost of the global economy is Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant. Look at the top finalists from Monday's show in Sao Paulo. A whole lot of women from emerging markets: Miss Brazil. Miss China. Miss Ukraine. Miss Philippines. Not an American or European in sight. The winner: Leila Lopes of Angola, Africa. "Every woman that competes is the embodiment of national pride," says Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, in the company's promo video. Aiya! Don't follow the money. Follow the beauty queens.
- Washington Post, "Angolan beauty queen wins Miss Universe: A primer on the African country" by Sarah Anne Hughes.
- People magazine, "5 Things to Know About Miss Universe Leila Lopes" by Liz Raftery.
- Global Post, "Angola Beauty Wins Miss Universe" by Freya Petersen.