20-year old Manushi Chhillar made the country proud when she was crowned as the Miss World 2017 in China, this evening. Beauty queens from 120 countries participated in the 67th edition of the event to bag the most prestigious beauty pageant title. But Manushi was determined and she got the crown back in the country, after 17 long years.
A 20-year old medical student from Haryana, Manushi shared in an interview,”As a kid, I always wanted to participate in the competition but I never knew I would make it this far. Winning the Miss World title is now not just my dream, but also that of my family and friends. I know it’s going to be a journey that I will never forget. Whatever the result, I am going to learn, enjoy and give it my best. The rest, I leave to destiny.”
She further added,” This is my one chance to show the world what India stands for and showcase the culture and values that I have been brought up with. I am going to make sure that the world remembers India.”
Earlier this year, Manushi competed against 29 contestants from all over the country and took over the crown from Miss India World 2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee. This win opened various avenues for this young girl from Haryana, who once aspired to become a leading cardiac surgeon. But fate had different plans and Manushi has now become the reigning Miss World.
A complete package of beauty with brains, Manushi is made use of this platform to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in the country. Apart from carrying out regular duties as Miss India, Manushi took time out for this cause which is very close to her heart and managed to visit over 20 villages to educate people about the same. She shared,”The cause is close to my heart, and in my own way, I have managed to make a difference to the lives of about 5,000 women. If an organisation like Miss World backs it, it could reach a different level altogether”.
As this stunning beauty represented India in one of the leading beauty contests, here are glimpses from her Miss World journey.