It was a proud moment for India as Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 among 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China, on Saturday. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico, was crowned first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England, second runner-up. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000.
Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 18, 2017
हरियाणा की बेटी मानुषी छिल्लर को मिस वर्ल्ड 2017 बनने पर बहुत-बहुत बधाईI
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) November 18, 2017
All About Ms Chhillar
- Manushi Chhillar hails from Haryana, the State unpopular for the worst male-female ratio in the country. She is a student of Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat, Haryana.
- Manushi’s father, Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar is a scientist at DRDO, and mother, Dr Neelam Chhillar is the head of the department of Neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
- Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
- Ms Chhillar’s profile also says she is a trained classical dancer and has a passion for outdoor sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and bungee the jumping.
- Manushi was pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery when she got herself enrolled in the pageant.
A Social Well Wisher
- 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.
- Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person’s salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.
- The family members said she is a good poet, painter and Kuchipudi dancer. She is working on her project on menstrual hygiene as well.
- According to Ms Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.
“I think a mother is of the highest respect. I don’t think it just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. The mother should get the highest respect.”
Her mother says “She is gifted. Since childhood, she liked playing with dolls and dress. But she also wanted to serve the people. Even though she has become Miss World she will go on to complete her medical studies,” Manushi’s aunt Dr Usha Chhillar and her professor of dermatology at the BPS Medical College.
At Final Round
She impressed the judges throughout, but her final round answer was the icing on the cake. When asked which profession in the world deserved the highest salary and why, she said, “Since I am very close to my mother, I believe a mother deserves the highest respect. When you talk about salary, I don’t think it’s just about cash, but it’s the love and respect you give to someone. I think my mom has always been my biggest inspiration; mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. It is certain that one profession which deserves the highest salary, the highest respect and love.”
- At the previous occasion two years ago, controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, saying she would not receive a visa.
- The 25-year old actor claimed the decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner.
- At last year’s event in the United States, Anastasia was again embroiled in controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China.
- Anastasia did not participate in this year’s event, with Canada represented instead by Cynthia Menard, a high school student.