Tripura CM feels Diana Hayden is not ideal Indian beauty because of her dusky skin

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb commented that the international beauty pageants were a farce and questioned the rationale behind crowning Diana Hayden ‘Miss World’ 21 years ago. He feels that Aishwarya Rai, who won the Miss World crown in 1994 “represents the Indian women” in the true sense. He said that Indian women should look like goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati.

“Indian women did not use cosmetics in the old times. Indians did not use shampoo, they washed their hair with methi water and bathed with mud. These beauty pageant organisers are international marketing mafia, who spotted a huge market in the country. Today, there is a beauty parlour in every corner of the country,” he said. “Why are there no more beauty pageant winners from India? They (the jury) have captured the market in the country and have gone elsewhere,” he claimed.

Biplab Kumar is definitely trying to bring forward the intellectual Indian’s assessment of the beauty industry but in doing so how can he claim that Diana Hayden is not beautiful. How can he belittle her in front of thousands of people by saying that she is not beautiful. A brown skinned woman is also beautiful. As Miss World, she did a lot of humanitarian work and that is beautiful. She was a brand ambassador of Child Rights and You (CRY). She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and drama at at the Drama Studio London, where she concentrated on the works of Shakespeare and earned a Best Actress nomination from the studio. She also wrote a book called A Beautiful Guide which is an “encyclopedia on grooming and also deals with personality development and confidence building” in 2012. A woman of many talents, a woman of grace and beauty like Diana Hayden was just put down by a man of limited exposure on the basis of her skin colour. Unfortunately, Indian society still thrives on the idea of ‘gori’ skin. And the world around is dying to get a little tanned.

“I am fighting this brown skin bias since my childhood. And I have succeeded. People should be proud of my achievement, rather than belittling it. I am a proud brown-skinned Indian. I am hurt. The minister is in a prominent position and he should be careful about what he says,” Hayden said to a news agency. Diana Hayden has won the Femina Miss India World crown in 1997 and then went on to win the Miss World crown in the same year. By doing so, she became the third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant, after Reita Faria in 1966 and Aishwarya Rai in 1994.

Look at her, with make up and without make up and tell me if she was not Miss World worthy. What beauty standards are we setting up for our next generation? The people in power and position should think twice before they tweet. It impacts the young minds. Every skin colour is beautiful, be it fair, dusky or dark. Or may be the CM is trying to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.

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