Indian medical student Manushi Chhillar has been crowned Miss World at the glamorous event held in China on Saturday, 18 November. This is the sixth time an Indian lady has taken home the title, and the country is currently tied first with Venezuela for most victories at the prestigious annual beauty pageant.
Ms. Chhillar is a 20-year-old from the northern Indian state of Haryana. She attended the St. Thomas School in New Delhi and is currently studying at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in the city of Sonepat.
Her profile on the official Miss World website says that the Haryana native’s dream is to become a cardiac surgeon and to open non-profit hospitals in rural areas
The 20-year-old is also a trained Indian classical dancer and she enjoys outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and bungee jumping
The 67th Miss World pageant was held at the Sanya City Arena, Sanya, on the coast of southeastern China. 118 contestants from countries all over the world competed for the crown.
When she reached the top five, Chillar impressed everyone with her answer in the Q&A session. She was asked which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why. The 20-year-old replied that it wasn’t about money, but that the role of a mother is the one which deserves the highest respect.
“I think a mother is the of highest respect,” she said. “I don’t think its just about cash but the love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. A mother should get the highest respect.”
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza and Miss England Stephanie Hill finished as first and second runner up, respectively
The competition was fierce, but India’s Manushi Chhillar managed to come out on top
Winning the coveted title clearly took Chhillar by surprise. It was last year’s Miss World, Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico, who passed down the crown to the Indian beauty.
After taking the first prize, the new Miss World tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support and prayers! This one’s for #India.”
A great number of people offered the newly crowned title-holder their congratulations via Twitter, including President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra.
This marks the sixth victory for India, seventeen years after Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000
Previous Indian Miss World winners include Reita Faria back in 1966, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
Before winning the crown, Chhillar said, “The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant.”