Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Dayana Mendoza from Venezuela is the new Miss Universe 2008. At a news conference after this year's event, a beaming Mendoza said she wasn't yet sure where her upcoming year of whirlwind appearances would take her. But after a quick stop in New York, she wants to see her family again, enjoy some of her mom's home cooking and give everyone hugs.
"When I go back to Venezuela I will jump on my family and they will jump on me," said Mendoza.
"I want to raise my voice and tell the world that violence is not the answer," she said.
Mendoza, 22, is a 5-foot, 10-inch (178-centimeter), green-eyed beauty who enjoys learning languages and photography. She appeared at the news conference in the flowing yellow dress and dangling turquoise earrings that she wore during the evening gown competition in which Stewart took her spill.