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15 July 2008 :: 13:07:16 pm 29056

Venezuela Wins Miss Universe 2008, While Thailand Achieves Best National Costume

The winner of this year Miss Universe 2008 contest was Venezuela?s Dayana Mendoza, 22, with Thailand contender, Gavintra Photijak, winning the Best National Costume Competition, which was decided by online votes, for her sequined Thai boxing outfit.
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Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori from Japan, returned to crown her successor. The Top 15 finalists were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview during the broadcast.

 In her interview Ms Dayana stated that her interests were interior design, photography, advertising, and that she enjoyed meeting people from every country and learning languages. Her proudest personal accomplishment was apparently being independent from the age of fifteen, and living in different countries by herself, without the benefit of knowing the language. Her most unique experience was being kidnapped, where she learned to remain calm in a very stressful situation and to tried to reach to the human part of her abductors.

Ms Gavintra, on the other hand, declared her main interest to be dogs, with her ambition to become a public relations officer for Nongkai Province and publicize its beautiful temples, and the friendship bridge between Thailand and Laos. Her proudest personal accomplishment was being on a volleyball team; the reason for her scholarship at Thurakitbandit University.

For the first time, communist Vietnam played host to the glamorous pageant, held in the southern resort city of Nha Trang. Mel B, Co-host and former Spice Girl, didn’t miss the opportunity to quip “Good morning, Vietnam!” emulating Robin Williams in the 1987 film of the same name.

The judges included developer Donald Trump Jr, fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and Bollywood star Eesha Koppikhar. There were 80 contestants, all told, with the top 15 being USA, Australia, Russia, Kosovo, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

The first eliminator was the swimsuit competition, where the top 15, were reduced to 10. The evening gown parade followed and co-host Jerry Springer’s comment that some of the greatest blunders often occur at this stage didn’t auger well for Miss USA, who fluffed her entrance.

The top 5 finalists were whittled down to Columbia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Russia.

The clincher was stiff question posed by a random judge, where Miss Venezuela suitably impressed everyone with her retort to the question: “Who has it easier in life, men or women?” ? To which she replied: “Actually, God made us to share and to have differences. Men think that the fastest way to a point is to go straight. Women know it’s faster to follow and fix the curves.”

After assuming office as Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, will take over from last year’s incumbent to become official spokesperson for the HIV/Aids campaign in New York.

The consolation prize winners were Miss El Salvador who won the Miss Congeniality competition, and Miss Thailand, winner of the Best National Costume Competition.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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