MUMBAI: Diana Hayden has slammed Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb for criticising her 1997 win at the Miss World pageant, saying it is “hurtful” as it exposes how Indians stigmatise the brown skin when in fact they should be proud of it.
The actor said she has been fighting the stereotypical mindset, which gives preference to ‘light colour skin’ since her childhood.
Hayden, in a statement headlined: ‘That’s some strong disapproval of me winning the Miss World title!’ said it is ironical that she should be criticised for spreading “appreciation of our Indian brown exotic beauty”.
“It’s a pity and shame that when you win the biggest and most respected beauty pageant in the world, you get criticised and put down as opposed to being appreciated and respected for bringing more accolades back home and further appreciation of our Indian brown exotic beauty. It’s also hurtful,” she said in a statement to PTI.