Former Miss World Diana Hayden has joined hands with some of Hollywood’s most influential women to build homes for the needy and poor in Los Angeles. Diana has teamed up with more than 100 of Hollywood’s leading women such as actresses Jeanne Tripplehorn (of Big Love fame), Julie Bowen (Ed), Diane, author of (The Tuff Chix Guide to Easy Home Improvement) for an event designed to empower and celebrate women while raising awareness about the need for affordable housing in the US.
“Diana helped put up framing for the homes and worked on other aspects including the fittings,” said her spokesperson Dale Bhagwagar. Apart from being delighted to support a charitable project like this, the most touching part was when Diana met the families who will one day live in these homes.
The celebrities partnered with the Habitat for Humanity charitable organisation in Los Angeles for the one-day annual invitationonly event termed ‘Power Women, Power Tools’, to build homes in south Los Angeles at one of the build-sites for this year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project.
When contacted, Diana ecstatically said: “The joy and euphoria was stunning! Some were clapping, some laughing and crying. When you see the expression on their faces you feel so special to be part of something so beautiful. And when you work alongside them, the love and magic you experience is priceless.” The families were chosen from more than 500 applications. They were selected on the basis of need.
Diana, who represented India at the 1997 Miss World, is the third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant. A director of the Children and Police (CAP) foundation in the city, maiden Hayden donated a share of her prize money to the foundation in Hyderabad when she won the pageant in 1997.