Seventeen years after Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World (2000), Indian girl Manushi Chhillar has repeated the history by bagging Miss World 2017 title. Beating the 118 contestants from all over the world who competed for the crown, Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar made it to the top. She was crowned Miss World 2017 on November 18, 2017 by the outgoing titleholder Stephanie Del Valle. The 67th edition of Miss World was held at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China.
20-year-old Manushi was born to doctor parents in Haryana. Her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the DRDO, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and HOD at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
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. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and has trained under legendary dancers Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. Chhillar has also attended the National School of Drama. She is a Femina Miss India 2017 title holder too.
Earlier, the Indians who bagged the Miss World title are Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (Miss World 1994), Diana Hayden (Miss World 1997), Yukta Mookhey (Miss World 1999), Priyanka Chopra (Miss World 2000).
Thus, Manushi became the sixth Indian woman to win the crown, and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000. No doubt, Manushi has made nation proud yet again.