After 17 long years of Priyanka Chopra winning the Miss World title back in 2000, India’s Manushi Chhillar was crowned the coveted Miss World 2017 on Saturday evening. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China, and was crowned by Miss World 2016 winner, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle.
Chhillar, who hails from Haryana, made it to the top five spots in the pageant along with England, France, Kenya and Mexico. Born to doctor parents, Chhillar studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and later at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. She had won the Femina Miss India crown earlier this year.
Her entire family, including her brother and sister, were present at the pageant.
In the question and answer round that followed her entry in the top five spots, Chhillar was asked which profession deserved the highest salary and why? She replied: “I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect.”
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England and Mexico were announced as first and second runner up respectively. The pageant was hosted in China, by Miss World 2013 Megan Young.