Diana Hayden talks about her love for writing
For an eighth standard drop-out, Diana Hayden is a package full of surprises. After donning the Miss World crown in 1997, she later dabbled in Bollywood, television and eventually turned advisor to aspiring beauty queens
The 39-year-old self-confessed bookworm recently launched her first book titled ‘A Beautiful Truth’. In a candid chat with CS, Diana revealed that writing a short story at the age of 11 and myriad letters to pen pals was the closest she came to being a writer initially:
To each his own
I believe what is most important is the personality. If you’ve got natural beauty, well, great. But if you don’t have it, the idea is to work on the strengths you have. If you really want to know what I think about facelifts, ask me when I’m 60 or 70 because that’s when I’ll need it, perhaps. Today, I’m young and I don’t need it. Having said that, if something can enhance your confidence, go for it. Each one to his own. Who are we to sit and judge?
Sonam Kapoor is very stylish. I love the way she keeps experimenting with her looks and carries herself. Rekha is the epitome of grace for me though.
Striking a balance
I had a slipped disc about two years back but that didn’t stop me from staying religious to my fitness regime. Also, I eat well. People have the misconception that starving oneself is the way to fitness. Instead, strike a balance and eat smartly. If you crave for chocolate or cake, go have it. Life is too short! So you have to choose what you’ll have and when you’ll compensate for it with exercise.
Worth the hard work
I give lectures on grooming and this thought struck me one day that there are books out there that are individually focussing on one part, like hair, make-up, skin and so on but not many focus on the grooming of the entire body. So I decided to research in the field, find encyclopedic references and put it together. This took me two-and-a-half years but the final product is worth the hard work.
My all-time favourite author is Paulo Coelho. Along with him, I admire Stephen King as well. Enid Blyton was my favourite when I was a kid.