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Tripura CM insults Diana Hayden, terms Aishwarya Rai 'quintessential Indian woman'


A few weeks ago, Deb had made a bizarre statement that the Internet existed during the times of the epic, Mahabharata.

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Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb has stirred the hornet's nest again as he derided actress and former Miss India/Miss World Diana Hayden, while calling actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the 'quintessential Indian woman'.

A few weeks ago, Deb had made a bizarre statement that the Internet existed during the times of the epic, Mahabharata.

Speaking at a design workshop in Agartala, Deb said, “Indian beauty should ideally look like goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. Diana Hayden did not deserve to win the Miss World crown. Actually, it was part of a fixed plan which was hatched keeping in mind the interests of the international market. Aishwarya Rai’s victory was well deserved as she represents the quintessential Indian woman.”

Deb said that barring a few like Rai Bachchan, other subsequent Indian winners of international beauty pageants were given the crown in order to drive international cosmetic products into India.

“Indian women did not use cosmetics or shampoo. We washed our hair with ‘methi’ water to prevent hairfall and bathed with mud. Beauty contest organisers are international marketing mafia that tried to capture a market of Rs125 crore Indians with their move,” added Deb.

Deb's manager Sanjay Mishra later spoke to The Times Of India defending Deb's comments. “The chief minister made the remark on Diana Hayden in the context of how international cosmetic companies fix the outcome of beauty pageants to capture the market in a particular country. The chief minister was only trying to promote India’s own traditional ways.”

Hayden remained unavailable for comment.

Hayden was born in Hyderabad in an Anglo-Indian Christian family. She later studied Acting and Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.  Hayden won the Femina Miss India crown in 1997 and in the same year she was also crowned Miss World. She had a limited career in films. Hayden is married to American Colin Dick in 2013, who has since moved to Mumbai. The actress was seen in films likes Tehzeeb (2003) and Ab... Bas! (2004).