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A Mother’s Journey

May/03/2024 / by Abhijit Masih

After winning the Miss World title, Diana Hayden was determined to become a mother. Her journey to getting there took strength and resilience.

In a world where success is often measured by accolades and achievements, former Miss World Diana Hayden redefines fulfillment through a deeply personal journey—one that embodies the essence of motherhood and resilience. 

Reflecting on her journey from Austin, Texas, she recounts the surreal overnight transformation when she won the Miss World title in 1997. What followed were brand endorsements, red carpets, and unforgettable encounters with dignitaries. Diana Hayden led an extraordinary life post-Miss World, however she shared with SEEMA her most impactful accomplishment which gives her the maximum sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. 

For Hayden, the most significant decision she ever made wasn’t on a glamorous stage or in the pursuit of fame. It was a choice rooted in the profound desire to nurture life and embrace motherhood. “I don’t care if it sounds cliche. The most impactful thing in my life has to be my three children. The most impactful thing that I ever did was freeze my eggs, and that just changed my life,” she explains, recounting the pivotal moment that forever altered her life.

Driven by an unwavering longing to become a mother, Hayden defied conventions and societal norms. “I knew from the time I was 18, or so that I was just born to be a mother,” she says. “I just wanted to get married and have babies. I actually had no real professional ambition. My ambition was to have babies,” she reveals. Despite facing setbacks and disappointments in relationships, Hayden remained steadfast in her dream of building a family.

At 33, Hayden stumbled upon an article about egg freezing—an idea that sparked hope and possibility. “I froze my eggs, and it wasn’t that easy,” she chuckles, recalling the skepticism and disbelief she encountered. “I told my managers I told my friends and family and everyone thought I was insane,” she recalls. Yet, in the face of doubt, Diana embraced the opportunity, recognizing it as a lifeline to fulfill her deepest aspirations.

Her journey took an unexpected turn when she met her husband, and embarked on a new chapter of love and companionship. However, the joy of marriage was soon met with the harsh reality of infertility due to endometriosis. Undeterred, Hayden turned to the eggs she had frozen years earlier, a decision that would ultimately lead to the birth of her three kids including a set of twins.

For Hayden, all her professional accomplishments pale in comparison to the simple yet profound moments of love and connection with her children.”The idea is for them to be comfortable with anything and to be happy. When your children are drawing hearts and rainbows and saying I love you and I’m the luckiest child in this world, that is the Oscar, the Grammy the Tony, the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s everything rolled into one for me,” she says.

As Mother’s Day approaches, Diana Hayden’s story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of love and determination. Through her courage and resilience, she not only fulfilled her own dream of motherhood but also inspires countless others to embrace life’s challenges with unwavering faith and hope.

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