DAYANA MENDOZA: MISS UNIVERSE 2008

Miss Universe 2008 DAYANA MENDOZA WINS MISS UNIVERSE

Miss Universe spoke with EXTRA about pageant protestors, controlling her emotions before the big event and why everyone should visit Venezuela at least once in their life.

EXTRA: Did you ever think about the one billion people that were watching you that night?
Dayana Mendoza: Before the opening I thought about it and got nervous. But I told myself that I had to calm down and control my emotions and enjoy my moment.

EXTRA: There were a lot of protests last year when the pageant was held in México and there are still groups that boycott pageants because they feel the events are demeaning to women. What would you say to these people?
Dayana Mendoza: I can’t understand them. I would just tell them to be more open and don’t judge people without getting to know them.

EXTRA: As part of your prize package for winning this year’s pageant, you are receiving a two year scholarship to the New York Film Academy. Are you going to take advantage of this opportunity?
Dayana Mendoza: I’m so glad I have that. For the moment I cannot do it because I’m going to be [traveling] all over the world the whole year. I would like to do it. I don’t want to say what I am going to do [with the rest of my career] because I would limit myself to all the opportunities. But who knows? We’ll have to see.


Dayana Mendoza VIETNAM MAY ACCEPT BEAUTIES
WITH MINOR PLASTIC SURGERIES

VietNamNet Bridge – While some international beauty contests, including the recent Miss Universe 2008 in Vietnam, accept contestants who have had minor plastic surgeries, it is unacceptable in Vietnam.

Plastic surgery – trifles in the world

It is not a big thing for girls in other countries to ask for help from plastic surgeons to “repair” some parts of their bodies before participating in pageants.

Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, when asked in Venezuela what percentage did plastic surgery play in the success of beauty queens, confirmed: “Quite a lot. If you are not satisfied with some part of your body and you think you will feel better if it is improved, go get plastic surgery.”

Miss Universe Japan national director Ines Ligron stated she didn’t support plastic surgery but plastic surgery is normal because nobody is really perfect and the organisers of Miss Universe contest don’t ban contestants for plastic surgeries.

Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy said: “Most beauty contests in the world don’t accept contestants who change the natural beauty of their faces but it is okay if other parts of bodies are changed a little.”


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