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India is a pool of beauty with brain. We have been bagging the titles of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific since years. The first of all was Reita Faria being the first Indian woman to win an international title. She was crowned ‘Miss World’ in 1966. Since then India has been winning the coveted title of Miss World. The Queen of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai went on to win the ‘Miss World’ title in 1994 followed by Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.

After a long pause of 17 years, when the announcement was made “And the winner of the 2017 Miss World pageant is...Miss India Manushi Chillar”, it was celebration time for India. The news became a social media buzz and the whole country was overjoyed.

It was indeed a proud moment for us when 20 year old Manushi Chillar from Haryana was crowned ‘Miss World 2017’ on November 18, 2017 at an event held in Sanya City Arena, China. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away the coveted crown to Manushi. Stephanie Hill, who is Miss England, was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Andrea Mezabecame the second runner up.

Manushi studied at St Thomas School in New Delhi and is a medical student in Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. She was born on May 14, 1997 in Rohtak town,few kilometers from New Delhi, to Dr Dinesh Chillar, a government doctor in Haryana, and Dr Usha Chillar, an associate professor in Dermatology in Manushi’s medical college.

This gorgeous beauty has won the ‘Miss Campus Princess’ in her medical college, the Miss India World 2017 and ended her streak of wins by bagging the most coveted Miss World 2017 title.


After fulfilling her commitments to the present titles that she is holding, Manushi plans to get back to her studies and complete her MBBS degree. When asked about stepping into Bollywood, she said “Miss India is a stepping stone for anything you want to do, not just Bollywood”.

Her idol has always been Reita Faria and she has grown up idolizing her. She was also named one of the five winners of the ‘Beauty with a Purpose award’ at Miss World 2017 and the Head to Head challenge. Talking about her passions, she is fond of paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving. She is also a trained Indian classical dancer and enjoys sketching and painting in her free time. Her motto in life is ‘When you cease to dream you cease to live.’

The answer that made her win the title: 

Manushi was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary. Chillar’s answer was, “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary.”

Sanchita Dutta

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