In what can be termed as an end to drought to the crowns, India’s Manushi Chhillar on Saturday bagged the prestigious Miss World 2017 crown at a sparkling and grandeous ceremony in China.
The leggy lass who is just 20-year-old from Haryana, studies medicine. She beat top contenstants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event.
Manushi was crowned by Stephanie Del Valle, Miss World 2016 winner, who hails from Puerto Rico.
“Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This one’s for India,” tweeted Manushi.
Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle (top) crowns on India’s Manushi Chhillar. (AFP Photo)
The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza at the event.
In the top five round, Chhillar was quizzed with a tricky question as to which profession according to her should command the highest salary.
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“I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.
“All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary along with respect and applause,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.
Manushi won the title after 17 years when Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000, first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.
The title was bagged by Aishwarya Rai in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
With this win, India is at a level with Venezuela Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded and heaped praises on her for the Miss World 2017 crown.
“Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment,” he said in a tweet.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chhillar and said, “I congratulate Haryana’s daughter Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World crown.”
In a statement, Chhillar said: “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. I’m also looking forward to the year ahead.
“My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy. My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me”.
Manushi’s father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the DRDO. Her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is a department head at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
Manushi did her schooling at St. Thomas’ School in New Delhi, and is pursuing MBBS degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat.
Manushi is passionate about outdoor sports and is an active participant in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.
Her personal motto is “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”