Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza is Miss Universe 2008

Dayana Mendoza from Venezuela wins the 57th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. Giving her country it's 5th crown after Alicia Machado bagged it in 1996. Dayana is a 22 year old, 5 feet 10 inches tall native of Amazonas. She is one of the early favorites in this year's pageant and also won one of the mini-competitions (Ao Dai Fashion Show) held before the preliminary competition.

The Venezuelan beauty queen is into interior design, photography, advertising and learning new languages. She's also a professional model in her country and independent since the early age of 15.

As the new Miss Universe 2008 titleholder, Dayana will receieve an incredible prize package incuding a year long salary as Miss Universe and the new crown specially made for this year's beauty contest.

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