When Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza spoke with CNN-affiliated network HLN regarding the issue of Jenna Talackova, she sounded more like a politician. Is it pretty clear that she was dodging the questions and focused more on the human side of the issue highlighting the how harrowing the experience of Jenna must be. Dayana failed to take a stand on the issue trying to be diplomatic and seeing the human side of the story but she ends up really obfuscating.
Does a beauty queen really have to obfuscate? The answers seems to be yes. When a question is divisive, the beauty queen appears to have no right to take a side otherwise she will suffer a backlash. Carrie Prejean answered honestly how she feels about same-sex marriage and we all know how it ended. The aim of a beauty queen is to become a real beauty queen and not an advocate of a certain issues [unless of course it is againt AIDS (Miss Universe) or about charity works (Miss World) or about environment (Miss Earth) or cross-cultural understanding (Miss International].
That is why it is forgivable for some people to think that the way Dayana handled this interview is similar on how a contestant handles a final question at say Miss Universe. A beauty queen does not answer a controversial question directly. She must find herself a way out as subtly as possible. But some supporters see Dayana as really diplomatic. After all, she is not the one who make, more so revise, the Miss Universe rules. In short, Dayana is saying she is not the right person to be asked about it but she definitely cares about Jenna especially her feelings and about her ambitions in life. Indeed, a true beauty queen answer!