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Dayana Mendoza

Dayana MendozaDayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada, born June 1st, 1986, is a Venezuelan model, beauty queen and actress, who won Miss Universe 2008. She previously won Miss Venezuela 2007 on September 13th, 2007 at that pageant in Caracas.

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

She was crowned Miss Universe 2008 at the pageant in the Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, Vietnam, on July 13th, 2008. Mendoza became the first winner of the pageant from Venezuela since Miss Universe 1996's winner Alicia Machado - thus making her the first Venezuelan Miss Universe of the 21st century.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori crowned her with a tiara worth $120,000 USD. Her prize package included cash, a year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free prestigious New York City luxury apartment, and a gift bag stuffed with designer shoes, dresses and beauty products.

In addition she will be given a $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.

Dayana MendozaAs of June 2009, Mendoza as Miss Universe has traveled to Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, Vatican City, Spain, France, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Czech Republic.

She has also gone to the 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

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

Mendoza was a contestant on the 2012 season of the NBC reality competition series The Celebrity Apprentice. In episode 3, "How Much is That Celebrity in the Window?", she was the winning project manager of her team on a task to create two themed living window displays for Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessory line, winning $20,000 for her charity, the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Mendoza notes in Episode 11, (Winning by a Nose) that she holds the record for being brought back to the final boardroom, having done so six times by that episode.

She came in sixth place after being eliminated in the 12th episode, (Jingle All the Way Home - her seventh time in the boardroom), in which she was project manager of the losing team on a task to create a jingle and presentation for Good Sam Club.

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

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

Mendoza was once kidnapped in Venezuela, and stated that the trauma taught her to remain poised under pressure. Miss Mendoza was a victim of "express kidnappings" where victims are taken to make purchases or to withdraw as much money as possible from ATMs, often at gunpoint.

Concerning her personal bad experience, Mendoza issued a call for an end to violence in the world.

"You do not even have to have money to be kidnapped. That's why I wanted to raise my voice and tell the world that violence is not the answer," Mendoza explained.

'I think the biggest lesson I have learnt is to compose myself in any situation. Kidnappings are common in Venezuela, where the 22-year-old winner comes from.

In 2001, she signed with Elite Model Management after beining Top 15 semifinalist at the Elite Model Look International 2001 held in Nice, France.

Dayana MendozaShe 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 to Trump Model Management since 2009, and in Milan with Names Model Agency.

After photos of Mendoza modeling naked for a jewelry firm surfaced, officials from the Miss Universe Organization decided against penalizing her, saying that the candid photos were not pornographic but "artistic in nature, and they don't have an ounce of pornographic content to them."

On March 27th, 2009, Mendoza documented a visit to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp on her Internet blog. In it, she was quoted as saying, "Guantanamo was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful".

She also stated that when she visited the detainees camps, "...we saw the jails, where they shower, how they recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting."

In her home country, Venezuela, the issue became the talk of the town, with the president, Hugo Chávez, reconsidering the praise he had previously given her.

The Miss Universe Organization has replied that "her comments on her blog were in reference to the hospitality she received while meeting the members of the U.S. Military and their families who are stationed in Guantánamo". On April 1st, 2009, the entry vanished from her blog.

Dayana MendozaDayana Mendoza Shop, is an exclusive online boutique founded by Dayana Mendoza. Showcasing the most talented Latin American Fashion Designers & curated by Dayana Mendoza together with a team of Fashion experts.

We focus on supporting all well known and upcoming talent while contributing to the charity organizations that are closest to our hearts, within Latin America and the USA.

We allow the opportunity for unique designs to be present in the competitive e-commerce market while giving easy access to all consumers to the most fashionable and elegant designs.

Now you can shop with significance when getting the fashion that resonates the most to your ideals, believes, heritages and likes while taking immediate action to making positive change in the lives that need it the most. Dayana Mendoza encourages you to visit her store and thanks you for being part of making our world a better one.

“Due to the current unfortunate environments our countries are facing, between the different Social, Political and Financial crisis, we find that the only way to break through this cycle is by suporting our communities, being involved and connected to the ones that need us the most and actually, doing something about it!“

“We are inspired every day by all the greater possibilities and improvements we can offer to infants, kids, families in real need. We become better humans TODAY by helping them live in a better world.“

Dayana Mendoza“It is significantly important to them, to us, and I believe it is for you as well, adding your contribution at your check out, with no additional cost. We thank you! For being part of this change, and encourage you to continue leaving a positive print in this world, for the better life of others.“

-Dayana Mendoza.

Shop at www.dayanamendoza.shop

Little known facts about Dayana Mendoza:

Item I can’t leave home without: Cell phone

When I go out I love wearing: Perfume

Favorite sport to watch: Soccer

First thing I notice about a guy: His hands

First thing guys notice about me: My smile

I feel sexiest: After a shower in my underwear

Celebrity you would choose to do a kissing scene with: Henry Cavill

Biggest fear: Death

Dayana MendozaDayana's bucket list: Visit the pyramids in Egypt, skydive, move my parents out of Venezuela

Best place I’ve gone for a shoot: Indonesia

Ideal swimsuit shoot would be in: Los Roques, Venezuela

Favorite Workout Regimen: Cardio, Yoga, and Pilates

Song I’m currently loving: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

My random skill: Photography

Signature scent: Prada Infusion d'Iris

My favorite clothing item: My bras

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Travels Through Indian Medicine

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.

Like a Virgin

Exploring the Frontiers of Conception

Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which walks on water, too) – that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn’t made it an option for humans – yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction – past, present and future.

It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What’s more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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UK & Commonwealth, US, Arabic (Arab Scientific), Japan (East Press)

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