14. Dayana Mendoza – 2008
Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada another Venezuelan beauty to receive the title of Miss Universe. She won in 2008 when she was 22. She is a model and actress. She had won Miss Venezuela the year before in 2007. Dayana became only the second woman representing the Amazonas state (of Venezuela) to win.
Believe it or not, Dayana was once kidnapped in Venezuela. She stated that the trauma taught her how to stay poised under pressure. She has modeled for the companies Max Mara and Costume National and has worked in New York City, Italy, Germany, France, Greece, and Spain for Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and other high-end fashion designers. She also speaks Spanish, English, and Italian fluently.
The next Miss Universe can be seen in the wildly popular music video for “Despacito.”