Indian medical student Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 at the famed international pageant held in China making her the sixth Indian to do so. The 20-year-old from Haryana proudly represented the country at the international beauty pageant and made the country proud by bringing home the coveted crown after 17 long years.
After being crowned, Manushi Chhillar said, “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. I am also looking forward to the year ahead.”
The first and second runner-up was given to Stephanie Hill, Miss England and Alme Andrea Meza Carmona, Miss Mexico respectively at the pageant held in Sanya, China. Hosted by Miss World 2013 Megan young, the glamorous show kick started by a number of dance and music performances among several other things.
Manushi Chhillar was lauded for handling the pressure of the competition and managing her medical studies side by side with utmost grace. Crediting her parents for being her support, she said, “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.”
Following in the footsteps of former Miss World title holders and Top Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, Manushi beat about 130 contestants from across the globe to bag the crown. Her win makes India the joint record holder along with Venezuela for most number of victories at the famed pageant.
Manushi who tweeted “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support,” quickly became a hot topic on social media with anyone and everyone sending out congratulatory messages to her.
Among those who congratulated her was Manohar Lal Khattar, the minister of Haryana. Priyanka Chopra, the last Indian to achieve this feat back in 2000 took to twitter to congratulate Manushi. “And we have a successor!Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017.cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo.”
What probably got her the crown was the answer she gave in the final round when she was asked which profession she believed deserves the highest salary. To this, she had replied that she believed it was mothers who deserved the highest salary and that “it’s not always about cash” but that it’s love and respect that you give to someone.