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Meet Celebrity Apprentice Contestant Dayana Mendoza

March 24, 2012 01:00 PM by Veronica Dudo

The popular reality TV competition Celebrity Apprentice has certainly had its fair share of drama during the 2012 season. It’s now down to 12 business-savvy celebrity contestants all competing to raise money and awareness for their charity. The last person standing will be hired as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their charity. Keep reading to meet NBC contestant Dayana Mendoza!

This season’s cast includes Aubrey O’Day, Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul Sr., Penn Jillette and Teresa Giudice.

Mendoza was born in Caracas. She shared a two-room home with her mother, father, uncle, grandmother and younger sister. At age 13, she was discovered at a local bus stop. Since then, her modeling career has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world! She has visited Italy, Germany, France, Athens, Spain and New York City.

In 2008 in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Mendoza was crowned Miss Universe. Before that, she was Miss Venezuela where she was an advocate for increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women’s health and reproductive issues. As a spokesperson for Population Services International’s (PSI) “Not All Men Are Created Equal” campaign, she went to Managua, Nicaragua where she spent time in hospitals and mobile units where people living with HIV/AIDS received treatments.

Mendoza now lives in the Big Apple and speaks three languages–Spanish, English and Italian. Currently, she is taking interior design classes.

Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays on NBC at 9/8c.

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4 Responses to “Meet Celebrity Apprentice Contestant Dayana Mendoza”

  1. dan Says:
    March 25th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I think Dayana is both a very beautiful and upbeat person no mater how much the others beat up on her! Dayana is Amazing!

  2. Janet Says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m rooting for Dayana. She is a class act and also smart. The other women, especially Lisa, Aubrey and Debbie, have been intimidated by her and pulled every dirty trick in the book to try to make her look bad and get her kicked off the show. It’s obvious they’re just jealous of her. I hope the Donald is watching the tape that shows the interaction and how Dayana brings lots of good ideas and does other things she never gets any credit for — and is far too classy to quibble about in the boardroom. Even if those lowlifes succeed in running her off the show, it’s clear that Dayana will go further in her career and life than any of them could ever dream of doing. You go, Dayana! (And stick up for yourself more. If anyone can pull it off like a lady, you can!)

  3. DanDoggy Says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hilarious hidden jealousy by other female contestants! Hey Lisa Lampanelli if there were 100 women in a room and they had a choice of being you or Dayana there would be 101 Dayana’s

  4. peter hall Says:
    April 8th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Dayana, you are the whole package;
    smart, sexy, sweet, creative, calm, cool, and collective.
    Everybody around you is losing their wits, and falling out of their on-screen persona.

    (except for lisa..who is living up to her disgusting trash image…by continuously spewing filth from that septic tank in the middle of her face)

    However, Dayana, you have maintained every characteristic of pure elegance and sure confidence in your preservation of style and beauty as a woman of the world.


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