While speaking to a media, Hayden said that "she was hurt with the remarks and was proud of the colour of her skin".
While addressing a design workshop on handlooms in Agartala on Thursday, the newly-appointed chief minister claimed that former Miss World Diana Haydon lacks Goddess like quality and is not an Indian beauty.
He said Indian beauty should have the characteristics of Lakshmi and Saraswati, Goddesses of wealth and education. According to Deb, Hayden lacked those 'traits'.
“Koi bhiaatahain to mil jatahain. Diana Hayden ko bhi mil jatahain (Anyone who enters beauty contests, gets a crown. Even Diana Hayden got it),” he said.
Deb, however, praised Aishwarya Rai, who according to him 'represented Indian women'.
Aishwarya was crowned Miss World in 1994 and Diana won the title in 1999.