MISS WORLD 2017: 20 YEARS INDIAN MEDICAL STUDENT WINS
Manushi Chhillar, a 20 years old Indian medical student has been crowned Miss World 2017 making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history.
Manushi is the sixth Indian winner of this most revered beauty contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.
Her win means that India is now level with Venezuela as they both hold six victories over the course of the pageant’s 67 years.
Trained as an Indian classical dancer, Chhillar who also enjoys painting hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website.
Following her win, Chhillar tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support.
“This one’s for India.”
The young medical student’s success quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as people came out to congratulate her win including Manohar Lal Khattar – the minister of her home state of Haryana.
Chhillar was crowned the winner by last year’s champion Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, while Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.
The competition returned to Sanya, on China’s Hainan Island for the seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015.
Congratulations to the reigning Miss World.