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Sunday, July 13, 2008


An incredible natural beauty, Dayana Mendoza won the title of Miss Universe 2008 today, in Vietnam.

This is the 5th Miss Universe title for Venezuela.

Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada (born June 1, 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a model and the newly crowned Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008.

On 2001 Mendoza signed with Elite Model Management and modeled in Italy, France, United States, England, Greece, Spain, Germany, Mexico and Peru for Versace, Roberto Cavalli and others fashion designers. She speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

Dayana beat out 27 other candidates to win Miss Venezuela 2007 on September 13, 2007, and became only the second woman from the Amazonas state to win (the first being Carolina Izsak in 1991).

Miss Universe 2008, the 57th Miss Universe beauty pageant, was hold at the Crown Convention Center (Diamond Bay Resort) in Nha Trang, Vietnam on July 14, 2008 where outgoing titleholder Riyo Mori of Japan crown her successor.

Eighty contestants competed in the event, including self-proclaimed new country Kosovo which got through the top 10. The event was broadcasted and distributed globally via NBC in English and Telemundo in Spanish to TV outlets in more than 180 countries.

The final presentation show was on July 8, the dress rehearsal on July 13 and the live telecast on July 14. Most activities are being held successively in Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ha Long and finally Nha Trang.

Jerry Springer, tabloid talk show host and host of NBC's America's Got Talent, and Melanie Brown, a.k.a. "Scary Spice", member of the UK pop group Spice Girls and host of TLC's The Singing Office, presented this year's competition. Lady GaGa, 22 year-old performer and songwriter, performed. Wikipedia

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