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.
According to the media report, Manushi is a medical student from Haryana; the sixth Indian to be crowned Miss World . She will bring the crown back to India after 17 years; the last Indian to bag it was Priyanka Chopra.
She was crowned by 2016s Miss World winner, Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle. This also marks Indias sixth Miss World title win. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to win the title in 1966. After Ms Faria, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan won the Miss World title in 1994. After Mrs Bachchan, Diana Haydon was crowned Miss World in 1997, followed by Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
Chhillar hails from Haryana and is 20 years old. She wants to be a cardiac surgeon and took a one-year break from studies to focus on representing India at the international pageant. Her father, Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Her mother Dr Neelam Chhillar is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.