Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Miss Venezuela Dayana Mendoza crowned Miss Universe Vietnam stage

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Vietnam has made communist history by hosting the Miss

Universe competition, which was won once again by the contestant from beauty

pageant "super-power", Venezuela.
Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza is crowned Miss Universe 2008 at a ceremony in Vietnam
Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza clinched the
title with her answer about the difference between men and women
The former Spice Girl Melanie Brown launched
proceedings in the resort town of Nha Trang with the declaration "Good morning
The event was held at 8am local time to
accommodate prime time Sunday evening viewers in the United States.
Aside from marking another step on Vietnam's path
to capitalism, historians of the 56-year-old event noted that this was the
second year running that Miss USA fell over during the evening gown section.
An estimated one billion television viewers
around the world witnessed the young lady's mortification.
Miss Kosovo represented the world's newest
country for the first time.
Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, a 22-year-old
green-eyed brunette, burst into tears when the American talk show host, Jerry
Springer, announced that she had won.
She clinched the title by answering that the
difference between men and women is that "men think that the fastest way to go
to a point is to go straight. Women know that the faster way to go to a point is
to go to the curves".
A year and a half ago she was kidnapped in her
native Venezuela and used a post-event press conference to issue a plea for
world peace.
"It's something that happens in my country. You
don't even have to have money to be kidnapped," she said. "That's why I wanted
to raise my voice and tell the world that violence is not the answer."
She plans to spend the coming year touring the
world lecturing on humanitarian issues.
The pageant was not marked by feminist protests
such as that which forced the withdrawal of Miss Sweden in Mexico last year.
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The organisers are at pains to emphasise the
wide-ranging skills, ambition and independence of the contestants.
"Currently Miss Universe is experiencing a
rebirth, playing a critical role in making the next hundred years "The Century
of Women," the official website states.
Miss UK this year was Lisa Lazarus, a 20-year-old
from Carmarthenshire, who holds the titles Miss Llanelli and Miss Swansea. She
did not place in the Miss Universe competition.

This evening, during one of the year’s most
exciting live international television events, a star-studded panel of judges
chose Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, as MISS UNIVERSE® 2008

live from the Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang,
Khanh Hoa, Vietnam.
Ms. Mendoza is 22 years-old and her career
ambition is to become an Interior Designer. She also enjoys photography and is
interested in advertising
The judging panel for the 2008 Miss Universe
Pageant included: Donald Trump Jr., Executive Vice President of the Trump
Organization; fashion designer and entrepreneur Roberto Cavalli; Nadine
Velazquez, international cover girl and star of NBC’s "My Name Is Earl";
Jennifer Hawkins, television presenter and Miss Universe 2004; Louis Licari,
celebrity colorist and "Today Show" ambush makeover expert; Joe Cinque,
President of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences; Bollywood film &
TV star, dancer, model Eesha Koppikhar; Nguyen Cong Khe, Editor in Chief of
Thanh Nien newspaper and international shoe designer Taryn Rose. Jerry Springer
and Mel B hosted the telecast of the 57th Annual Miss Universe competition where
Lady GaGa performed her hit "Just Dance".
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from
80 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories:
swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview. Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007,
crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast,
before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 1 billion
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Here's the complete list of the 2008 Miss

Universe contestants
. You can view photos, watch videos, and read

interviews at the Miss Universe official website.

Albania - Matilda


Angola - Lesly Pereira

Antigua & Barbuda - Athina


Argentina - Maria Silvana Belli

Aruba - Tracey Nicolaas

Miss Universe 2008 Candidates
Australia - Laura Dundovic

Bahamas - Sacha


Belgium - Alizee Poulicek

Bolivia - Kate David

Brazil - Natalia


Canada - Samatha Tajik

Cayman Islands - Rebecca Parchment


- Ziya Wei

Colombia - Taliana Vargas

Costa Rica - Maria Teresa


Croatia - Snjezana Loncarevic

Curacao- Jenyfer Natividad


Cyprus - Dimitra Sergiou

Czech Republic - Eliska


Denmark - Maria Sten Knudsen

Dominican Republic - Marianne Cruz


Ecuador - Domenica Saporiti

Egypt - Yara Naoum

El Salvador -

Rebeca Moreno

Estonia - Julia Kovaljova

Finland - Satu Tuomisto


- Laura Tanguy

Georgia - Gvantsa Daraselia

Germany - Madina Taher


- Yvette Nsiah

Greece - Dionysia Koukiou

Guam - Siera


Guatemala - Jennifer Chiong

Honduras - Diana Gabriela


Hungary - Jazmin Dammak

India - Simran Kaur Mundi

Indonesia -

Putri Raemawasti

Ireland - Lynn Kelly

Israel - Shunit Faragi

Italy -

Claudia Ferraris

Jamaica - April Jackson

Japan - Hiroko Mima


- Alfina Nassuriva

Korea - Sun Lee

Kosovo - Zana Krasniqi

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Malaysia -

Levy Li Su Lin

Mauritius - Olivia Carey

Mexico - Elisa


Montenegro - Dasa Zivkovic

Netherlands - Charlotte Labee


Zealand - Samantha Powell

Nicaragua - Thelma Rodriguez

Nigeria - Stephanie


Norway - Mariann Birkedal

Panama - Carolina Dementiev


Paraguay - Giannina Ruffinelli

Peru - Karol


Philippines - Jennifer Barrientos

Poland - Barbara


Puerto Rico - Ingrid Rivera

Russia - Vera Krasova

Serbia -

Bojana Boric

Singapore - Shenise Wong

Slovak Republic - Sandra


Slovenia - Anamarija Avbelj

South Africa - Tansey


Spain - Clausia Moro

Sri Lanka - Aruni Rajapaksha

Switzerland -

Amanda Ammann

Tanzania - Amanda Ole Sulul

Thailand - Gavintra


Trinidad & Tobago - Anya Ayoung-Chee

Turkey - Sinem


Turks & Caicos - Angelica Lightbourne

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UK - Lisa


Ukraine - Eleonora Masalab

Uruguay - Paula Diaz Galione


Crystle Stewart

Venezula - Daya Mendoza

Vietnam - Lam Thuy Nguyen
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