(171119) -- SANYA, Nov. 19, 2017 (Xinhua) -- India's Manushi Chhillar (C) is crowned at the 67th Miss World Competition in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Nov. 18, 2017. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng) (wsw)PHOTOGRAPH BY Xinhua / Barcroft Images
India’s Manushi Chhillar was crowned at the 2017 Miss World Competition in Sanya, China.
With her victory at Miss World 2017, the ever-beautiful Manushi Chhillar has single-handedly restored the confidence of India in the world of pageantry. It was in the late 90s that India won four Miss World titles in just a span of 7 years.
But after the victory of Priyanka Chopra in 2000, India plunged into a period of lull. Femina Miss India organization’s confidence slowly eroded and the India sash no longer posed a threat to other countries.
Manushi Chhillar’s rise to the top has a very strong foundation. She was raised in a family of scientists and doctors. She is in fact a medical student when she won the Miss World crown and despite her upper middle-class background her feet are firmly on the ground. She worked tirelessly to improve sanitary conditions among adult women and it was that project that she won – along with four other contestants – the Miss World 2017 Beauty with a Purpose Award.
When Manushi joined the Femina Miss India 2017 contest, it was undeniable that she was a favorite. She represented the state of Haryana and she won the Miss Photogenic award.
At Miss World 2017, Manushi did not caught the attention of the pageant analysts. Many of them thought India is yet to make a rebound at the pageant. Even at the last stretch of the pageant, she was left on the sidelines but she was in fact about to prove us all wrong.
The clear indicator that Manushi will eventually win the Miss World 2017 crown was the fact that she was a semi-finalist in three pre-final contests and won one.
She made it to the short list of Multimedia contest as well as the Top Model competition and People’s Choice award. She is a co-winner of the Beauty with a Purpose Award along with the contestants from Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa and Vietnam. She also won the head to head challenge, a new format at Miss World that involves grouping each country and their personal interviews are posted live on the social media.
India has reveled on the victory of Manushi Chhillar. The confidence of the country at beauty pageants got a much needed boost and it could usher the country into another golden age.
The moment that Manushi was crowned with that prestigious turquoise blue crown, praises poured in from Bollywood, from Lok Sabha and even from the Prime Minister of India himself. It was indeed a time for celebration after 17 years of waiting and this could be the first of many more titles and crown to come.