After a very long wait of 17 years, India’s Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World beauty pageant 2017 on Saturday. The last time somebody from India won the coveted title was in the 2000 when Priyanka Chopra was crowned Miss World in London. Andrea Meza from Mexico was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up.
The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is currently on a one-year break from her studies, dreams of becoming a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas. She studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
Manushi has a passion for adventure sports activities like paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving and is also a trained Indian classical dancer.
After reaching the top five, Manushi was asked during the question and answer round, which profession she though deserved the highest salary and why?
She replied: “Since I am very close to my mother, I believe a mother deserves the highest respect. When you talk about salary, I don’t think it’s just about cash, but it’s the love and respect you give to someone. I think my mom has always been my biggest inspiration; mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. It is certainly that one profession which deserves the highest salary, the highest respect and love.”
Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World, which was first won in 1966 by Reita Faria, who also happens to be Manushi’s idol. She was followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
Stephanie Del Valle, winner of last year’s title, from Puerto Rico passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.
Twitter was full of messages for Manushi, wishing her congratulations for doing India proud.
Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 18, 2017
T 2715 – A Miss World in our world .. ! Pride and felicitations .. गर्व और ख़ुशियाँ , भारत का झंडा गाड़ दिया विश्व में ।। Manushi Chillar congratulations !!??????????? pic.twitter.com/30qyhaegBP— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 18, 2017
हरियाणा की बेटी मानुषी छिल्लर को मिस वर्ल्ड 2017 बनने पर बहुत-बहुत बधाईI— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) November 18, 2017
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