India’s Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the title in 2000. Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and is a third-year MBBS student at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. According to Ms Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

Manushi comes from a family of doctors. Her father, Dr Mitrabasu Chhillar, is an endocrinologist at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, and mother, Dr Neelam Chhillar, is a doctor at the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi. Her uncle, Dr Dinesh Chillar, who is posted at the Gohana civil hospital, said she has taken a break from studies for one year and will continue with her third year in next batch. “Her college is extremely supportive and celebrated all her achievements,” he said.

It is interesting to note that the First Miss World from India (1966) was the first Miss World winner to qualify as a Doctor. Rita was a student of Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals and after her win, she chose to continue Medical Profession in Ireland. Rolene Strauss (born 22 April 1992), a South African Medical student won Miss South Africa 2014 and was later crowned Miss World 2014.

In the final round, Ms Chhillar was asked, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why? Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person’s salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.

“I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think its 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.”

Twitter is flooded with the congratulations tweet from the country including Prime Minister Modi.

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