Diana Hayden

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Diana Hayden
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Hayden in 2012.
Born (1973-05-01) 1 May 1973 (age 45)
Hyderabad, India
EducationSt. Ann's High School, Secunderabad[1]
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art,
London, England
OccupationModel, Actress
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
TitleFemina Miss India World 1997
Miss World 1997
Collin Dick (m. 2013)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Femina Miss India 1997
Miss World 1997
(Miss World Asia & Oceania)
(Miss Photogenic)
(Spectacular Swimwear)

Diana Hayden (born 1 May 1973) is an Indian actress, model, and beauty queen who was crowned Femina Miss India World 1997 and Miss World 1997. She was also crowned as the "Miss World - Asia and Oceania" during the Miss World contest. In addition, Hayden won the titles Miss Photogenic and Spectacular Swimwear. She is the only Miss World titleholder to win three subtitles during the competition.[2] In 2008, she was a celebrity contestant in the reality show Bigg Boss.[3]

Early life[edit]

Diana was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, in an Anglo-Indian Christian family.[4] She attended St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad[5] and studied Acting and Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, UK. She starred in the Bollywood movie 'Ab Bass' and the Indian TV show Bigg Boss 2.

Before she began modeling, she worked for an event management company called Encore. She then worked as a Public Relations Officer at BMG Crescendo, where she assisted in managing the careers of singers Anaida and Mehnaz Hoosein. On Anaida's recommendation, she entered herself into the Miss India contest in 1997.[5]

Diana launches her own book A Beautiful Truth


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. After her win at Miss World, she was signed up as the brand ambassador by L’Oreal and Child Rights and You (CRY).[6][7]

Following her tenure as the global representative for the Miss World organization, Hayden moved to the UK and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[8] She also studied at the Drama Studio London, where she concentrated on the works of Shakespeare and earned a Best Actress nomination from the studio.[8] In 2001, she made her screen debut in the film version of Shakespeare's Othello in South Africa. She hosted Miss Europe twice in 2001 and 2002 in Lebanon, along with Miss Lebanon 1997 and Julien Lepers. Diana was signed by the Avalon Academy in 2006 as the face of the Academy and currently serves as a celebrity Guest Lecturer for airline personnel training programs.[8]

In 2008, Diana Hayden became a wild card entry on the second season of the Indian TV show Bigg Boss. She was voted off Bigg Boss during Week 13.

Hayden walls for designer Manish Malhotra in 2012

She wrote a book called A Beautiful Guide which is an "encyclopedia on grooming and also deals with personality development and confidence building". She took two years to complete the book which was released on 6 August 2012.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Diana Hayden married Collin Dick from Las Vegas, United States on 13 September 2013.[11] Collin has been working in Mumbai for an international NGO.[12]

In 2016, she gave birth to a girl. The child was born from an egg that Hayden had frozen 8 years ago. Intrigued by the possibilities, she had frozen 16 eggs between 2007 and 2008.[13][14]

On November 2017, Hayden confirmed that she was pregnant for the second time.[15] In March 2018, she gave birth to a girl.[16]


Film Year Role Notes Reference
Tehzeeb 2003 Sheena Roy Debut movie [17]
Ab Bas 2004 Somiya Mathur Hindi film [18]
Hobby City 2003 Cameo appearance TV Series
Othello: A South African Tale 2006 Emilia [19]
Lorie 2012 Aging actress Hindi film [20]



  1. ^ "From Sushmita Sen to Diana Hayden, see how educated your favourite Indian beauty pageant winners are". India Times. 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Femina Miss India winners: 1997". Indpaedia.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Diana Hayden in Bigg Boss house". Times of India. 15 September 2008.
  4. ^ "With Yeats on her lips, India's own Diana Hayden crowned Miss World". Rediff.com. 23 November 1997. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Biography of Diana Hayden". WhereInCity India Information. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Femina Miss India winners: 1997". Indpaedia.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Diana Hayden - India's 1st Loreal model". Missosology. 16 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Biography of Diana Hayden". DianaHayden.com. Retrieved 25 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Beauty guide". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 5 Aug 2012. Retrieved 6 Aug 2012.
  10. ^ "Diana Hayden launches her book at Vadodara!". Times of India. 6 Aug 2012. Retrieved 6 Aug 2012.
  11. ^ "Vegas Wedding for Diana Hayden". The Hindu. 16 Jun 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Vegas wedding for Miss World Diana Hayden - Femina Miss India". The Times Of India. 17 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Ex-Miss World gives birth from egg frozen for 8 years". The Times of India. 13 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Diana Hayden's Baby Girl Was Born from a Frozen Egg. Here's What This Means for Indian Women". The Better India. 12 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Diana Hayden pregnant second time with eggs she froze 3 years ago". The Times Of India. 18 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Diana Hayden gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the age of 42". 12 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Tehzeeb". Reddif.com.
  18. ^ "Ab Bas - IMDb". IMDb.
  19. ^ "Othello: A South African Tale". British Universities Film and Council.
  20. ^ "Indian women feminine and strong: Diana Hayden". News 18.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Greece Irene Skliva
Miss World
Succeeded by
Israel Linor Abargil
Preceded by
India Rani Jeyraj
Miss World Asia & Oceania
Succeeded by
Malaysia Lina Teoh
Preceded by
Venezuela Ana Cepinska
Miss World Photogenic
Succeeded by
Brazil Adriana Reis
Preceded by
Rani Jeyraj
Femina Miss India World
Succeeded by
Annie Thomas