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Miss Universe 2008
Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza2
Date 14 July 2008
Presenters Jerry Springer, Mel B
Entertainment Lady Gaga
Venue Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang,  Vietnam
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 80
Placements 15
Debuts Kosovo
Withdrawals Barbados, Belize, Bulgaria, Guyana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Zambia
Returns Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, UK, Vietnam
Winner Dayana Mendoza
 Venezuela
Congeniality Rebeca Moreno
 El Salvador
Best National Costume Gavintra Photijak
 Thailand

Miss Universe 2008, the 57th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 14 July 2008 at the Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela was crowned by Riyo Mori of Japan at the event's conclusion. Eighty contestants competed in this year[1] which was broadcast and distributed globally via NBC in English and Telemundo in Spanish to TV outlets in more than 180 countries. The pageant was watched by a live audience of 7,500 and nearly a billion television viewers worldwide.[2]

This is the first major US-based television production to take place in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. This is also the first time that the Miss Universe pageant was broadcast in 1080i High-definition. This pageant was held in a contemporary Communist state for the first time as well.

The final presentation show was on 8 July, the dress rehearsal on 13 July, and the live telecast on 14 July. Most activities were held successively in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An, Ha Long and finally Nha Trang.

Jerry Springer, tabloid talk show host and host of NBC's America's Got Talent, and Melanie Brown, a.k.a. "Scary Spice", member of the UK pop group Spice Girls and host of TLC's The Singing Office, presented this year's competition.

Results[edit]

Countries and territories which sent delegates and results for Miss Universe 2008
Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, venue for Miss Universe 2008
Top 5 at Miss Universe 2008

Placements[edit]

Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2008
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15

Contestants[edit]

Miss Universe 2008 Contestants with National Costume
Country/Territory Contestant Age Height Hometown
Albania Albania Matilda Mecini 19 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Tirana
Angola Angola Lesliana Pereira[3] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) M'banza-Kongo
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Athina James 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) St. John's
Argentina Argentina Maria Silvana Belli 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Villa Krause
Aruba Aruba Tracey Nicolaas[4] 20 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Oranjestad
Australia Australia Laura Dundovic[5] 21 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Sydney
The Bahamas Bahamas Sacha Scott[6] 19 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Nassau
Belgium Belgium Alizée Poulicek[7] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Huy
Bolivia Bolivia Kate David[8] 19 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) San Ignacio de Velasco
Brazil Brazil Natálya Anderle[9] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Encantado
Canada Canada Samantha Tajik[10] 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Richmond Hill
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Rebecca Parchment[11] 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) West Bay
China China Ziya Wei[12] 25 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Chongqing
Colombia Colombia Taliana Vargas[13] 20 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Santa Marta
Costa Rica Costa Rica María Teresa Rodríguez[9] 21 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Snježana Lončarević[14] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Zagreb
Curaçao Curaçao Jenyfeer Mercelina[15] 19 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Dimitra Sergiou[16][17] 23 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Limassol
Czech Republic Czech Republic Eliška Bučková[18] 18 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Strážnice
Denmark Denmark Marie-Sten Knudsen 18 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Copenhagen
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Marianne Cruz 23 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Salcedo
Ecuador Ecuador Domenica Saporitti[19] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Guayaquil
Egypt Egypt Yara Naoum[20][21] 20 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Cairo
El Salvador El Salvador Rebeca Moreno[22] 22 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) San Salvador
Estonia Estonia Julia Kovaljova 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Tallinn
Finland Finland Satu Tuomisto[23] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Akaa
France France Laura Tanguy[24] 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Angers
Georgia (country) Georgia Gvantsa Daraselia 18 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Tbilisi
Germany Germany Madina Taher[25] 21 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Elmshorn
Ghana Ghana Yvette Nsiah[26] 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Accra
Greece Greece Dionissia Koukiou[27] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Athens
Guam Guam Siera Robertson[28] 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Yona
Guatemala Guatemala Jennifer Chiong[29] 25 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Quetzaltenango
Honduras Honduras Diana Gabriela Barrasa[30] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Tegucigalpa
Hungary Hungary Jázmin Dammak[31] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Budapest
India India Simran Kaur Mundi[32] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Mumbai
Indonesia Indonesia Putri Raemawasti[33] 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Blitar
Republic of Ireland Ireland Lynn Kelly[34] 20 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Dublin
Israel Israel Shunit Faragi[35] 21 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Kiryat Tiv'on
Italy Italy Claudia Ferraris[36] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Bergamo
Jamaica Jamaica April Jackson[9] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ocho Ríos
Japan Japan Hiroko Mima[37] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Tokushima
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Alfina Nassyrova[38] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Almaty
South Korea Korea Lee Ji-seon[39] 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Seoul
Kosovo Kosovo Zana Krasniqi[40][41] 19 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Prishtina
Malaysia Malaysia Levy Li Sun Lim[42] 20 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Terengganu
Mauritius Mauritius Olivia Carey[43] 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Vacoas
Mexico Mexico Elisa Nájera[44] 21 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Celaya
Montenegro Montenegro Daša Živković[45] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Nikšić
Netherlands Netherlands Charlotte Labee[46] 22 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Den Haag
New Zealand New Zealand Samantha Powell[47] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Paraparaumu
Nicaragua Nicaragua Thelma Rodríguez[48] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Chinandega
Nigeria Nigeria Stephanie Oforka[49] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Port Harcourt
Norway Norway Mariann Birkedal[50] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Stavanger
Panama Panama Carolina Dementiev Justavino[51] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Giannina Rufinelli[52] 22 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Luque
Peru Peru Karol Castillo[53] 18 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Trujillo
Philippines Philippines Jennifer Tarol Barrientos[54] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) San Mateo
Poland Poland Barbara Tatara[55] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Łódź
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ingrid Marie Rivera[56] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Dorado
Russia Russia Vera Krasova[57] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Moscow
Serbia Serbia Bojana Borić 21 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Sremska Mitrovica
Singapore Singapore Shenise Wong[58] 26 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Singapore
Slovakia Slovak Republic Sandra Manáková[59] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Bratislava
Slovenia Slovenia Anamarija Avbelj[60] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Lukovica
South Africa South Africa Tansey Coetzee[61] 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Johannesburg
Spain Spain Claudia Moro[62] 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Madrid
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Aruni Rajapaksha 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Kandy
Switzerland Switzerland Amanda Ammann[63] 21 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Abtwil
Tanzania Tanzania Amanda Ole Sulul[64] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Arusha
Thailand Thailand Gavintra Photijak[51] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Nongkhai
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Anya Ayoung-Chee[65] 26 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Maraval
Turkey Turkey Sinem Sülün[66] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Istanbul
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks & Caicos Angelica Lightbourne[67] 19 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) Providenciales
United Kingdom UK Lisa Lazarus[68] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Swansea
Ukraine Ukraine Eleonora Masalab[69] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kharkiv
Uruguay Uruguay Paula Díaz[70] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ciudad de la Costa
United States USA Crystle Stewart[71] 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Missouri City
Venezuela Venezuela Dayana Mendoza[72] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Caracas
Vietnam Vietnam Nguyen Thuy Lam[73] 20 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Thái Bình

Notes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Returns[edit]

Last competed in 2000:[74]

  •  Guam

Last competed in 2005:

  •  Netherlands
  •  Vietnam

Last competed in 2006:

  •  Cayman Islands
  •  Ghana
  •  Ireland
  •  Sri Lanka
  •  Trinidad & Tobago
  •  Turkey
  •  United Kingdom

Withdrawals[edit]

  •  Barbados
  •  Belize
  •  Bulgaria
  •  Guyana
  •  Lebanon
  •  St. Lucia
  •  US Virgin Islands
  •  Zambia

Replacements[edit]

  •  FranceLaura Tanguy, Miss Pays de Loire and second runner up to Miss France 2008, replaced Valérie Bègue, who was banned by Miss France organization after suggestive photos appeared in the media shortly after her crowning.[75] Her first runner-up, Miss New Caledonia Vahinerii Requillart, decided to not compete in Miss Universe because she wanted to continue studying.[76]
  •  RussiaVera Krasova, 2nd runner-up to Miss Russia 2007, replaced Ksenia Sukhinova, who already won Miss World 2008.

Designations[edit]

  •  EgyptYara Naoum was appointed to represent Egypt. She was the 2nd runner-up in Miss Egypt 2007 national pageant.
  •  SpainClaudia Moro was appointed as the representative of her country after Patricia Yurena Rodríguez, Miss Spain 2008, couldn't participate because she did not meet the minimum age requirement by the Miss Universe Organization.[77] 5 years later, Rodríguez won Miss Spain Universe 2013 and competed at Miss Universe 2013, placing as 1st runner-up.

New crown[edit]

For Miss Universe 2008 a new crown was unveiled. The 18k white and yellow gold crown was designed by CAO Fine Jewelry in association with Rosalina Lydster specifically for the event. With over 1,000 precious stones, including 44 carats (8.8 g) of diamonds, the crown has a value of $120,000 (USD). The crown will only be awarded as part of the contest this year, the original Mikimoto design was to be awarded again next year but Diamond Nexus Labs designed the crown instead.[78][79][80]

Miss USA falls again[edit]

Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, slipped and fell down the stairs during the evening gown competition. This was the second year in a row that a Miss USA delegate fell during evening gown. This is also the first time in pageant history a contestant fell down during the evening gown competition in two consecutive pageants, from the same country, or from any country. Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith, fell during Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico, and received boos after she made the top five contestants. After Stewart fell, she encouraged the audience to applaud by clapping her hands.[81] She was eliminated after the evening gown competition, finishing in eighth place.

Prizes[edit]

Dayana Mendoza received a prize package which included cash, a one-year contract as Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free, prestigious New York City apartment, a gift bag stuffed with free designer shoes, dresses, and beauty products, and a stipend for a 2-year course at the New York Film Academy. Mendoza was spent her year-long reign traveld the world to lecture on humanitarian issues and promote education regarding HIV/AIDS, the official platform of the Miss Universe Organization.[82][83][84]

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