Indian model and beauty queen Manushi Chhillar has been crowned Miss World 2017- the sixth Indian woman to win the pageant, following Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra.
Chhillar, who is a trained Kuchipudi dancer, was crowned by the outgoing Miss World, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico in the 67th edition of the Miss World pageant. The event, held on 18 November 2017 at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China, saw 108 contestants from all over the world vie for the crown.
Miss England, Miss France, Miss Kenya, and Miss Mexico grabbed the next top four spots at the pageant respectively.
Chhillar impressed the judges during the Question and Answer round when she was asked which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why. She responded by pointing out that it should not be a question about a person’s salary, noting that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.
“I think a mother is of the highest respect. I don’t think it’s just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mothers should get the highest respect,” Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar was quoted as saying.
The 20-year-old stunner was also a co-winner of the Beauty with a Purpose competition. Her winning “Beauty with a Purpose” project was Project Shakti which aims to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene.
Born in Haryana to both doctor parents, Chhillar is likewise pursuing a medical degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat. She reportedly aims to become a cardiac surgeon and plans open non-profitable hospitals in rural areas in the future.
Chhillar has also attended the National School of Drama and trained under legendary dancers Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy for Kuchipudi.