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Dayana Mendoza
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Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada

(1986-06-01) June 1, 1986 (age 37)
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Title Miss Amazonas 2007
Miss Venezuela 2007
Miss Universe 2008
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Green
Elite Model Look International 2001
(Top 15)
Miss Venezuela 2007
Miss Universe 2008

Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada (born 1 June 1986) is a Venezuelan actress, model, film producer, director and beauty queen. She winner of the titles of Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008.

Dayana Mendoza, in 2012, participated in Celebrity Apprentice, with magnate Donald Trump.

In 2018, she ventured as a producer and director of films.

Personal life

Dayana Mendoza, was born in Caracas and her parents are Willy Mendoza and Laura Moncada from the states of Táchira and Aragua (Venezuela).

Mendoza was once kidnapped in Venezuela, and stated that its psychological trauma taught her to remain poised under pressure. In 2001, she signed with Elite Model Management after being Top 15 semifinalist at the Elite Model Look International 2001 held in Nice, France. She has worked with the companies Max Mara and Costume National, where she modeled in New York City, Italy, Germany, France, Greece, and Spain for Versace, Roberto Cavalli and other fashion designers over eight years. She speaks Spanish, English, and Italian fluently.

After Elite, she signed with the Trump Model Management since 2009, and in Milan with Names Model Agency.

Dayana married businessman Michael Pagano, on 6 December 2013. The wedding was celebrated in Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic. The celebration lasted three days. The former Miss Universe wore an outfit designed by the Venezuelan fashion designer Ángel Sánchez.

Subsequently, on 7 June 2015, Mendoza announced on her Instagram account that she was pregnant and expecting a daughter.

On 5 October 2015, she gave birth to Eva Mendoza Pagano in New York.

In September 2016, Mendoza separated from Michael Pagano officially, declaring in an interview that the separation was carried out on good terms.

In August 2020, she was baptized under the evangelical Christian religion.


Miss Venezuela 2007

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Mendoza in the Amazonas state, Venezuela

Mendoza beat out 27 other candidates to win Miss Venezuela 2007 on 13 September 2007, and became only the second woman representing the Amazonas state to win, following Carolina Izsak in 1991.

Miss Universe 2008

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Mendoza after winning the title of Miss Universe

She was crowned Miss Universe 2008 at the pageant at the Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, Vietnam, on 13 July 2008. Mendoza became the first winner of the pageant from Venezuela since Miss Universe 1996's winner Alicia Machado.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori crowned her with a tiara worth US$120,000. Her prize package includes cash, a year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free prestigious New York City apartment, a luxury apartment, and a gift bag stuffed with designer shoes, dresses and beauty products, a US$100,000 stipend for a two-year course at the New York Film Academy and free access to famous fashion houses and beauty parlors. Mendoza will spend her year-long reign traveling the world to lecture on humanitarian issues and to promote education regarding HIV/AIDS.

As of June 2009, Mendoza as Miss Universe has traveled to Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, France, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bahamas, Russia, El Salvador, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Argentina, Romania, and Vietnam, in addition to numerous trips around the United States and her homecoming in Venezuela.

On August 23, 2009, Mendoza crowned her successor Stefanía Fernández (also from Venezuela) at the Imperial Ballroom in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Artistic career

Dayana Mendoza studied acting and cinema at New York Film Academy, one of the most important film institutes in the United States, thanks to a scholarship awarded by the Miss Universe Organization.

In 2009, she starred in her first short film Sweet Misery. In that year, she was part of the group of presenters of the morning show Venevisión, Portadas. In 2010, she hosted Relaxed, a celebrity talk show broadcast on E! Entertainment, Latin America. That same year, she appeared in the music video "Bla Bla Bla". and accompanied Donald Trump to the island of Puerto Rico, where she recorded a golf program featuring the billionaire.

Also in 2010, Dayana is part of the cast of the comedy Lord of the Dreams.

Dayana participated in the famous reality show The Celebrity Apprentice with businessman Donald Trump, where she interacted with personalities such as Lisa Lampanelli, George Takei, Clay Aiken and Debbie Gibson.

In 2013, she played Jasmine in the short film, The Mermaid Complex.

In 2017, she starred in the movie Nothing's Fair in Love, where she played Jessica.

In 2018, she produced her first film titled Honey, which received good reviews. Honey was recognized as a semi-finalist film by the Hollywood International Film Festival.

In 2019, she participated as the host of the Queen Beauty Universe.

Other appearances

Together with Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, Mendoza was the goodwill ambassador of Venezuela-based technology firm Smartmatic to thank the Philippines for entrusting the company the success of their 2010 presidential elections.

On June 3, 2012, Mendoza served as one of the panel of judges for the Miss USA 2012 competition.

In March 2015, she appears in a commercial for a drink, along with Miss Universe 2012; Olivia Culpo of the United States and Miss Universe 2014; Paulina Vega from Colombia. The filming took place on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

On January 6, 2018, Mendoza returned to the Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she was crowned Miss Universe 2008, as a judge on Miss Universe Vietnam 2017.

See also

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