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07-14-08, 04:12 AM #1
The new Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, was once kidnapped in her homeland Venezuela and says the experience taught her to remain poised under pressure.
She declined to discuss her kidnapping, which occurred a year and a half ago, but took advantage of the occasion to call for global peace.
"I want to raise my voice and tell the world that violence is not the answer," she said.
The NBC show was hosted by talk show star Jerry Springer and Spice Girl Melanie Brown and broadcast live to hundreds of millions of viewers in 170 countries.
This year's contestants spanned a wide range of experiences and aspirations.
Miss Albania was a professional basketball player. Miss Argentina says she has paranormal experiences. Miss Antigua & Barbuda is fascinated by snakes. Miss Angola was in a plane crash while trying to escape a conflict during her country's civil war.
Miss Venezuela Wins Miss Universe
Monday, Jul. 14, 2008 By AP/BEN STOCKING
07-14-08, 05:08 AM #2
Maybe she should have had a right to protect herself
07-14-08, 08:50 AM #3
Aww, how original, she wants "world peace".*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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07-14-08, 08:52 AM #4
07-14-08, 11:51 AM #5Originally Posted by Miss Congeniality\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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07-14-08, 12:02 PM #6
07-14-08, 12:25 PM #7
Glad the young lady survived her ordeal, but surely she could do better than the cliche.I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
07-14-08, 12:27 PM #8
I think it would be funny if beauty pageant contestants had specific, controversial political platforms, and then had to debate each other while wearing swimsuits or national costumes. Even better if their goofy celebrity judges had to explain why they voted for a particular contestant and her platform.
07-14-08, 12:40 PM #9
She must have watched Miss Congeniality.
07-14-08, 03:12 PM #10
07-15-08, 12:03 AM #11
07-15-08, 05:15 AM #12
Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown: "And now, Miss New York will debate Miss Texas on the topic of gun control...."
And for the Miss Universe pageant:
Jerry Springer: "And now, Miss Israel will debate Miss Iran on the topic of Palestinian statehood."
Hey Jerry Springer was the actual host of the pageant, so we're already halfway there.
07-15-08, 06:17 AM #13
Ducky: You read my mind. WTF is it with beauty pagent contestants and world peace?"If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
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