2017 Miss World: How India’s Manushi Chhillar won the prestigious crown

Miss India Manushi Chhillar was crowned winner of the 2017 Miss World beauty pageant on Saturday in China.

Stephanie Hill (Miss England) was the runner-up, followed by the second runner-up Alma Andrea Meza Carmona (Miss Mexico).

The 67th Miss World event was held in Sanya, China, where a total of 126 pretty women from around the world competed against each other. However, the only chosen one turned out to be a 20-year-old Indian, Manushi Chhillar.


Manushi is a medical student from Haryana, India. She previously held the position of Femina Miss India 2017, a crown she received on 25 June. The victory in faraway China makes her the 6th Indian woman to become Miss World.

The last time an Indian model won the award was in 2000, when Priyanka Chopra dazzled past all other equally beautiful women to take home the beauty crown.

An excited Chopra congratulated Manushi on the successful outing with a Twitter message which read,  “And we have a successor! Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017.. cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo.”


Image: Manushi Chhillar (center)

The 2017 Miss World replied: “It means the #World to me! Have always looked up to you 🙂 Thank you @feminamissindia @priyankachopra.”

Here’s Manushi’s first tweet after winning the prestigious award: “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support at prayers! @feminamissindia @MissWorldLtd #MissWorld2017 This one’s for #India.”


Judges at the 2017 global beauty pageant voted Manushi as the beauty queen after a fascinating answer she offered when asked ‘which profession deserves the highest salary and why?’

Her response: “I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think it’s just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. A mother should get the highest respect.”

Manushi’s father Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation and her mother Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.


 Miss England Stephanie Hill was asked, “If you speak in front of all the leaders of the world, what would you speak about?”

Stephanie Hill said, ”If I got such a chance, I would like to address the inconsistency in global healthcare. There are vaccines and medicines available in the world. This crisis can be solved.”

Miss France Aurore Kichenin was asked, ”What has been the world’s greatest invention and why?”

Aurore Kichenin answered, ”The greatest invention in the world is transport. It enables communication with all the countries.”

Miss Kenya Magline Jeruto was asked, “Cyber-bullying is one of the greatest problems in the world today. How would you solve this?”

Miss Kenya said, ”Cyber-bullying is one of the major problems in the world today and it should be ended.”

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was asked, ”What is the most important quality that a Miss World should possess?”

Andrea Meza said, “It is Love–the love that she has for herself and expresses to the world. Miss World should be someone who can talk to everyone and meet everyone.”

Image: Manushi Chhillar

The 2017 Miss World issued an official statement after the victory and said her parents’ support was the inspiration she needed to achieve her life dreams.

“The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. I’m also looking forward to the year ahead,” she said.

“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.”