Ms Chhillar’s Miss World win makes India the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history. Both India and Venezuela are the two countries with most victories in the history of the Miss World pageant, now in its 67th edition.
India’s Manushi Chhillar on Saturday won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the country’s dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest. The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.
Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last year’s Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at the event in Sanya City Arena in China which was televised live globally. The announcement about Chhillar winning the Miss World crown was also made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle as well as on its Facebook page.
Competing with beauties from over 108 nations, Manushi won many hearts. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was announced as the first runner-up, while Miss England Stephanie Hill was declared the second runner-up at an event held at Sanya City Area.
Manushi was impressive since the beginning of the competition. With a splendid introduction, “I come from the land where science meets spirituality. My parents are my biggest inspiration. They have always motivated me to add value to other people’s lives,” Manushi had it under control all along.
Ms Chhillar impressed many with her answer during the Question and Answer round. She was asked which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why. Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person’s salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.
“I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect,” she said to applause.
Manushi Chillar, born to doctor parents from Haryana, studied at St. Thomas School in Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
The 20-year old won the Head to Head Challenge and the Beauty with a Purpose titles, earlier this evening
As the nation celebrates the Haryana girl’s beauty pageant win, the wishes are pouring in on Twitter. The hashtags #ManushiChhillar and #MissWorld2017 have among the top Twitter trends in India since the news broke on Saturday night. Ms Chhillar’s win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico to win the crown in Sanya, China. The Miss World beauty pageant saw participation from 118 countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets, congratulating Ms Manushi Chhillar
Many people took to Twitter to congratulate Ms Chhillar on her Miss World win, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Miss World-turned-actor Priyanka Chopra.
Ms Chhillar tweeted her thanks, writing, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support… This one’s for #India.”
Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas. A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting. Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living.