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I'm proud of my brown skin, retorts Diana Hayden

The former Miss World says she's been fighting the skin colour bias from a long time.

Mayur Lookhar

Former Miss World and actress Diana Hayden has hit back at Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb who had said she didn't deserve to win the beauty pageant as she was not an ideal Indian beauty. Deb had called Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the 'quintessential Indian woman'.

Speaking to a news channel, Hayden said, "I am hurt. I am proud of my brown skin and I am a proud Indian. Biplab Deb is in a prominent position and he should be careful of what he says."

Hayden also told the News18 channel, “We had the same thinking 20 years ago and it doesn’t seem to have changed. White skin is superior, better, that is wrong. I’m ready to fight this discrimination. We are appreciated everywhere else, and this [Deb’s comment] is not fair to our own people.”

"I’m hurt. It’s really sad. He has compared me specifically with Aishwarya Rai and not with Priyanka Chopra, Manushi Chhillar. It seems like he has raised the issue of colour. We Indians are brown-skinned,” added Hayden.

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).