Miss India Manushi Chhillar has won Miss World 2017, and although the 20-year-old medical student’s beauty stood out amongst the other contestants, her intelligence ended up being the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Ms. Chhillar is the sixth winner of this competition, making India tied with Venezuela as they both now hold six victories over the course of the pageant’s 67 years of running.
Ms. Chhillar is the first Indian to win the competition in seventeen years.
The event was held in the coastal city of Sanya, China on Saturday evening. The competition held contestants from 118 countries and regions.
As Ms. Chhillar made it to the final round of the competition, she was asked: “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?”
Her award winning response was: “A mother deserves the highest respect…when you talk about salary, I don’t think it’s just about cash but the love and respect you give to someone.”
Ms. Chhillar is from the state of Haryana, and said that her goal as Miss World is open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website.
Once she was crowned, the Twitter world erupted with praise and congratulations.
Ms. Chhillar also took to Twitter to give thanks, stating: “Thank you, everyone for your constant love [and] support…This is for #India”.
Miss England Stephanie Jayne Hill was second runner-up following with Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona as first runner-up.
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