Manushi Chhillar from Haryana has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 2017.
Born on 14th May, 1997 to doctor parents in Haryana, Manushi took part in the Femina Miss India 2017 competition, representing the state of Haryana. During the competition, she was crowned Miss Photogenic, and went on to win the competition as well, earning the right to represent India at the Miss World 2017 competition.
Manushi is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World, and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000.
Manushi studied at St. Thomas' School in New Delhi, and was pursuing a medical degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer. Chhillar has also attended the National School of Drama.
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.
Manushi aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.
After reaching the top five, Ms Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Manushi on her achievement on social media and posted “Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment”.
Priyanka Chopra also congratulated her by posting “And we have a successor!Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017.. cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it.Bravo”.
Manushi 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 Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.