The medical student from Haryana brought home India's sixth Miss World title as congratulations pour in!

20-year-old Manushi Chhillar brings home Miss World 2017 title to India!

Archana Venkatraman

17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted beauty pageant title Miss World 2000, 20-year-old medical student Manushi Chhillar has bagged the title in 2017. She is happy to make the country proud and wants to make sure the "world remembers India".

Manushi Chhillar from Haryana is Miss World 2017! First Indian to bring home the title in 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won in 2000
Manushi Chhillar from Haryana is Miss World 2017! First Indian to bring home the title in 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won in 2000

Studying medicine at St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat, Manushi aims to become a cardiac surgeon with grand ambitions of opening affordable hospitals in rural India. Hailing from Haryana, she is trained as a classical dancer and her passion includes outdoor sports such as bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving among others.

Her question was "Which Profession deserves the highest salary?" to which Manushi replied: "I think mothers are of highest respect. I don't think it is just about cash but love and respect she gives. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mothers should get the highest respect." 

Winning the title, Manushi said she wants to make the country proud.

Manushi is India's sixth Miss World. England's Stephanie Jayne Hill is second runner up while Mexico's Andrea Meza is the first runner up. Many celebrities and poiliticians form India took to social media to congratulate Manushi and for making the country proud.

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar with her parents
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar with her parents

MP Shashi Tharoor, however, was caught in a controversy for his 'tongue-in-cheek tweet that was a play on the word "Chhillar" – "What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!" But Twitter didn't think it funny and he later rendered an apology that was acknowledged by Manushi too.

Tharoor however praised Manushi's answer that mothers should earn highest respect when she was asked which profession deserves the highest salary. "What a terrific answer by this bright young woman -- a real credit to Indian values," Tharoor said.

Dimpled beauty Manushi with Miss World organization's chairwoman
Dimpled beauty Manushi with Miss World organization's chairwoman

The 20-year-old Indian was crowned Miss World 2017 by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony in the Chinese city Sanya on Saturday night. As many as 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

 

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