At the age of 23, Dayana Mendoza has reigned as Miss Venezuela & Miss Universe and traveled the world while fulfilling her duties as the official hottest woman in all of existence. Now the sultry South American’s reign is coming to an end, and she’s ready to do something her hectic schedule hasn’t allowed her to do in a year. Here are some of the excerpt of her interview in Maxim Magazine:
What was the reaction like in Venezuela when you won?
Venezuela went 12 years not having a Miss Universe. They did, like, parades. In South America we’re big fanatics of pageants. My parents told me that when I won, cars were going through the streets honking like after a soccer match.
And when you got home, were people still going crazy?
I saw all these Venezuelans with the little flags, and they were crying, and I was kind of crying as well. I really enjoyed how much happiness I could bring to so many people by winning. And I think we needed it in my country.
Pick up the September 2008 issue of Maxim Magazine on newsstands for more of Dayana Mendoza & be sure to watch Dayana Mendoza crown this year's champion when the Miss Universe Pageant is broadcast live, Sunday August 23 on NBC and Telemundo & locally by ABS-CBN & Studio 23.