India’s Manushi Chhillar 20-year-old medical student, beat 39 other finalists to win the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017.
Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.
Manushi is the sixth Indian to win the title and the first since Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.
Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website. ‘Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support,’ and prayers she wrote on Twitter. ‘This one’s for India.’
“Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers”, she wrote on Twitter.
“My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy.
“My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me,” said Manushi, whose family members, including a brother and a sister, were present at the gala.
In the question-and-answer round after she was shortlisted among the top five, Manushi was asked: “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?”
She said a mother deserves it most.
Manushi was ecstatic and emotional when she was announced the winner from among contestants from 118 countries. She was crowned by Miss World 2016 winner, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle.
“This one’s for India”, the new queen added.
Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony in the Chinese coastal city of Sanya on Saturday night.
Saturday marked the Miss World pageant’s return to Sanya, on southern China’s Hainan Island, for a seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015.
Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.
Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant.