Miss Venezuela gets Miss Universe crown 2008July 15th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
Dayana Mendoza, Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008 in Vietnam’s resort city of Nha Trang yesterday, beat finalists from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Russia.
Throughout the two-hour event, watched by 7,500 people at the convention center and more than 1 billion worldwide via telecast, contestants from 80 countries and territories competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.
“I am excited. I cried a lot. I am really glad I made it,” Mendoza said.
She had an experience of “kidnapping” in Venezuela a year and a half ago which taught her to remain calm in stressful situations, the professional model told.
When asked about the incident she said “It is something that happens in my country and that’s why I want to raise my voice and say violence is not the answer,”
However, misfortune befell Miss USA for a second straight year. During the evening gown parade, Crystle Stewart of Texas slipped on the runway. She finished in the top 10.