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Monday, July 14, 2008

2008 Miss Universe crown goes to Dayana Mendoza

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Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008 on Monday in a contest marked by the spectacle of Miss USA falling down during the evening gown competition for the second year in a row.

Miss Universe 2008 took place in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam for a night of stars and glamour in search of the most beautiful woman in the world! Jerry Springer and Mel B. hosted this exciting, LIVE event! Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori (Japan) returned to crown her successor. The Top 15 finalists were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview during the broadcast. Also, the winner for Best National Costume, which was decided by online votes, was announced.

An elated Dayana Mendoza received the crown from her predecessor, Riyo Mori of Japan, and then prepared to meet a gaggle of reporters. Miss Venezuela, 22, was once kidnapped in her homeland and says the experience taught her to remain poised under pressure

The NBC show was hosted by talk show star Jerry Springer and Spice Girl Melanie Brown and broadcast live to hundreds of millions of viewers in 170 countries.

Eighty contestants gathered in the seaside city of Nha Trang, Vietnam, vying to succeed reigning Miss Universe Riyo Mori of Japan.

The show has been a publicity bonanza for Vietnam, where beauty contests are very popular. The contest featured segments on many of the nation's most popular tourist destinations, such as Hue, Hoi An, Sapa and Ha Long Bay.

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