Fast Facts

  • Began her modeling career at age 13.
  • Is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
  • Was kidnapped in Venezuela in 2007; she says the experience taught her how to control her emotions in tense situations.
  • Was crowned Miss Universe in 2008.
  • Is involved with the Latino Commission on AIDS and once served as its national spokesperson.
  • Competed in the 12th season of NBC's reality program Celebrity Apprentice.


  • Willy Mendoza — Father
  • Maria Auxiliadora Moncada — Mother


  • Birth Name: Dayana Sabrina Mendoza Moncada
  • Birth Place: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Birthday: June 1, 1986, Gemini
  • Profession: Model, Reality cast member