Miss India wins the title Miss World 2017

India’s Manushi Chhillar won the title “Miss World 2017” at a prestigious event that was held in Sanya, China on 18th November 2017.  The 20 year old medical student is the sixth Indian to win the title and the first since Priyanka Chopra, who won the crown in 2000.

Chhillar is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open non-profit hospitals in rural areas according to the Miss World website.  After winning the crown Manushi said, “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. I’m also looking forward to the year ahead.”

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. “I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think it’s just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect.”

The winner of last year’s title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.

Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms Priyanka Chopra in 2000.