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Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza To Appear Topless In Maxim

Aug. 13 2009, Published 10:47 a.m. ET

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Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza will appear topless in the September issue of the men’s magazine Maxim. The sexy spread will hit newsstands just as the Venezuelan beauty relinquishes her crown at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas on August 23rd.

Last year, Mendoza, 23, caused a minor flap when it was revealed she had posed nude for a jewelry ad, which is a violation of the Miss Universe pageant rules. She is believed to have gotten permission from pageant owner Donald Trump before posing for Maxim.

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In the September issue of Maxim, Mendoza -- a former Miss Venezuela -- talks about the reaction she gets when she goes home.

“I saw all these Venezuelans with the little flags, and they were crying, and I was kind of crying as well. I really enjoyed how much happiness I could bring to so many people by winning. And I think we needed it in my country. “

She was also asked if a guy has to be an oil tycoon to get a date with her. Said Mendoza: “No, he doesn’t have to be a soccer player or an actor, either. He just has to be a special guy who is very genuine.”

The September issue of Maxim hits newsstands August 18th. The Miss Universe pageant will be broadcast live, Sunday August 23, at 9 p.m. EST on NBC and Telemundo.

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