59th annual pageant held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas with 82 candidates Monday Night, August 23, 2010
Miss Universe 2010 Fourth Runner Up
Birth Name: Maria Venus Bayonito Raj
Birth date: July 7, 1988
Birthplace: Doha, Quatar
Grew up in: Bato, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Measurements: 35 – 22 – 35
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eye Color: brown
Hair Color: Black
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts (Major in Journalism) at Bicol University, Albay, Philippines
Occupation or Career: Information Assistant for Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) and part – time fashion model
Hobbies: Volleyball, basketball, Singing
Top 5 Question from Judge William Baldwin (actor): What is one big mistake that you've made in your life and what did you do to make it right.
Miss Universe 2010 Miss Philippines Answer:
Thank you so much sir for that wonderful question. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Good evening Las Vegas!
You know what sir in my 22 years of existence, I can say there is nothing major, major, i mean, problem that i have done in my life because i am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that i am here. Thank you, thank you so much!
Miss Universe 2010
Height: 5' 8"
Top 5 Question from Judge Evan Lysacek (Olympic gold-medal figure skater):
In your opinion, what effect is unsupervised internet use having on today's youth
Miss Universe 2010 Miss Mexico's Answer through an interpreter:
Good evening Las Vegas!
Well I do believe that Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time.
And We must be very careful and watch over when our children watch and see, our teenagers watch and see and we must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family.
So that they may use internet properly.
Prize: undisclosed salary, use of a luxury apartment in New York with living expenses paid, a diamond-encrusted crown and jewelry fit for a queen, and a one-year scholarship to the New York Film Academy among others. She will also spend her year as Miss Universe touring the world to call attention to the issues of HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.
The 10 Finalists:
- Miss Ireland (Rozanna Purcell)
- Miss Albania (Angela Martini)
- Miss Philippines (Venus Raj)
- Miss Jamaica (Yendi Phillipps)
- Miss Mexico (Jimena Navarrete)
- Miss Ukraine (Anna Poslavska)
- Miss Puerto Rico (Mariana Vicente)
- Miss South Africa (Nicole Flint)
- Miss Guatemala (Jessica Scheel)
- Miss Australia (Jesinta Campbell)
1. EvanLysacek (Olympic gold-medal figure skater)
2. Jane Seymour (actress)
3. Chynna Phillips (actress)
4. Chazz Palminteri (actors)
5. William Baldwin (actors)
6. Criss Angel (magician)
7. Tamron Hall (MSNBC anchor)
8. Sheila E. (drummer)
9. Niki Taylor (supermodel)