Haryana-born Manushi Chhillar today was crowned Miss World 2017 a grand event held in Sanya in China. The announcement was made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle.
Elbowing aside beauties from over 108 nations, a 20 year medical student, managed to win the coveted title. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on the crown to Ms Chhillar.
The crown was last won by an Indian 17 years ago. Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World, and the first since Priyanka Chopra who won Miss World 2000.
Manushi had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
She had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May this year.
The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud. In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994. Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the crown in the 1966.
Chhillar studied at St. Thomas’ School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medical degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat, Haryana.