Indian model and beauty pageant holder Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World for the year 2017. Finally, the win comes after 17 years where Priyanka Chopra was last to win the crown in the year 2000. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Mexico Andrea Meza. About 108 women from across the world competed in the 67th Miss World beauty pageant.
Manushi Chhillar was crowned the 54th Miss India earlier this year on June 25. She represented her home-state Haryana as the Miss India Haryana at the Miss India 2017 and competed with 29 other contestants from different Indian states. Ms. Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. She is one of the very few highly qualified Miss India winners who were medical students during their reign.
Chhillar’s journey is a fantasy for many Indian girls. The girl who was studying to become a doctor is a world-famous personality today. In a matter of a few months, Manushi’s life took a 360-degree turn and brought her on a world stage where she left everyone behind. The last year’s Miss World winner, Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico, passed on her crown to Ms. Chhillar.
In the final round, the jury asked the question of which profession should get the highest salary and why? In reply, Manushi said that the mother should get the highest honor. For this, they should not get salaries in the cash, but respect and love. This answer made her winner.
Ms. Chhillar is the 6th Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the 1st Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, succeeded by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms. Priyanka Chopra in 2000.