It was a proud moment for India when Manushi Chhillar was crowned as Miss World 2017 on Saturday at the magnificent event held at Sanya City Arena in China. She competed against 118 other contestants and brought the crown back to India after 17 years. Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza was announced the first runner-up while Stephanie Hill who is Miss England bagged the position of the second runner-up.
The winner of Miss World 2016, Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico passed on the prestigious and precious crown to the new title holder from India, Manushi Chhillar. The journey of this 20 year old diva began in June this year when she won FBB Colors Femina Miss India World 2017 title. The stunning lady has also been the winner of the ‘Head to Head’ challenge and the co-winner of the ‘Beauty with a purpose’ competition in which she initiated a project called ‘Project Shakti’, under which she visited 20 villages and focused on spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene, changing the lives of around 5000 women.
Miss Chhillar’s performance was really impressive throughout the journey but her answer in the final round was like icing on a cake which made her win all the hearts across the world. When asked about the profession which according to her deserved the highest salary in the world, 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.”
Manushi Chhillar hails from Haryana and wanted to become a cardiac surgeon. She has done her schooling from St. Thomas School in Delhi and is currently pursuing a medical degree at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for women in Sonipat. She took a break of one year from studies to focus on representing India at the International Beauty Pageant.
Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World title in 1966. After that, in 1994 Aishwarya Rai won this honour and then later in 1997, Diana Hayden bagged the Miss World crown. Further preceded by Yukta Mookhey in 1999, Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title in 2000. India now has the sixth Miss World, Manushi Chhillar who stands as the epitome of “beauty with brains”.
About The Author- The Author, Aditi Saklani is a Trainee Journalist at India Today Media Institute.
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