It was a proud moment for India as Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 among 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China, on 18 November 2017. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico, was crowned first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England, second runner-up.
Her family members, who were in the audience, couldn’t hold back their excitement. “My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me,” Manushi told TOI. At the time of participating in the fbb Colors Femina Miss India contest, Manushi had said her father is a practising physician and mother a neurochemist.
Manushi, a medical student from Haryana who dreams of being a cardiac surgeon and who took a one-year break from studies to focus on representing India at the international pageant, is the sixth Indian to be crowned Miss World . She will bring the crown back to India after 17 years; the last Indian to bag it was Priyanka Chopra (2000).