Beauty and the Beasts

Lifelong beauty queen Dayle Haddon isn't just another pretty face on the world scene.

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Lifelong beauty queen Dayle Haddon isn't just another pretty face on the world scene. The L'Oréal spokeswoman, author, and North Dallas Forty costar has jumped on board two big projects that we're going to be hearing a lot about: helping Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign and boosting the United Nations' bid to empower women in war-torn regions. "My message is that your life can be full no matter what stage you are in," says the 59-year-old Haddon. Her passions are ending cruelty toward women and pushing the United States to fix its image abroad. That's where Obama comes into play. She recalls meeting him in October 2007 when he said the fix must start in Iraq. "It was a turning point for me," she says. Then she was picked by the United Nations as a celeb ambassador and this month travels to Congo, where she will team with Washington-based Enough to educate Americans on the terrors facing women there. Africa presents another challenge: not scorching her cover-girl skin. "I'm not a sun worshiper,"she frets. "I'll wear 95 sunblock and scarves."