Wednesday, November 22, 2017




Manushi standing proud with - her parents, Dr Neelam Chhillar and Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar, after winning the Miss World 2017 crown

Just before leaving for the Miss World pageant a few weeks ago, fbb Femina Miss India World 2017 Manushi Chhillar told us, “This is my one chance to show the world what India stands for and to showcase the culture and values that I have been brought up with. I am going to make sure that the world remembers India.” And that’s exactly what the gorgeous Manushi from Haryana managed to do on Saturday at the glittering pageant held in Sanya, China, where she was crowned Miss World 2017 among 118 contestants from various countries. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico, was crowned first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England, second runner-up.

Manushi is the sixth Indian to be chosen Miss World and she will bring the crown back to India after 17 years; Reita Faria was the first to bag the title in 1966 followed by Aishwarya Rai in 1994, Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.

“The victory is slowly sinking in,” an excited Manushi said when we spoke to her a few hours after her win. “I am getting a lot of congratulatory calls and messages from everyone back home. I’m overwhelmed by all the love and support that I have received,” she said. So, what were the thoughts racing through her mind when she was declared the winner? “When I heard them say ‘India’, I was ecstatic. It took me a few seconds to absorb it. It’s a moment when you want to laugh and cry at the same time. This was my dream always... to hear India being announced the winner. That was the happiest moment of my life,” she replied.

India’s Manushi Chhillar being crowned Miss World 2017 by Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico (Miss World 2016), in China on Saturday

Manushi, who wowed the judges with her poise and confidence throughout the pageant, left everyone impressed with her answer in the final round. When asked which profession in the world deserved the highest salary and why, she said, “Since I am very close to my mother, I believe a mother deserves the highest respect. When you talk about salary, I don’t think it’s just about cash, but it’s the love and respect you give someone. I think my mom has always been my biggest inspiration; mothers sacrifice so much

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for their kids. It is certainly that one profession which deserves the highest salary, the highest respect and love.”

Her parents were there at the pageant to support and cheer for her, and Manushi told us that it was their presence that gave her strength. Were they also the inspiration for her final answer? “In fact, just before the Q & A session, I saw my parents being interviewed along with parents of other contestants. That felt nice. They have always encouraged me and this


would not have been possible without my family’s support. When I was asked the question, it came naturally to me and I’m sure everyone would relate to it,” said Manushi.

The 20-year-old’s life changed in June this year when she was crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2017 after which there was no looking back. Throughout her life, Manushi’s mottos have been, ‘When you cease to dream, you cease to live’ and ‘Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living’. The beauty with brains is clearly living up to that. Manushi’s father is a medical scientist with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and her mother is a neurochemist. Manushi is also an academic achiever — a medical student who aspires to be a cardiac surgeon. She took a year’s break from college to prepare for the Miss World pageant. Emphasising on the importance of education, she said, “It has made me confident and helped me come this far in life. I do plan to resume my studies; in fact, there have been Miss Worlds in the past who have studied even during their tenure.”

At this pageant, she also won the ‘Head to Head’ challenge and the ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ segment. For her ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ project, she worked on spreading awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene, for which she visited 20 villages in India and made a difference to the lives of 5,000 women.

There’s more to India’s winning beauty queen. She is a trained classical dancer and has also been a part of the National School of Drama. She is interested in poetry, likes painting in her free time and is passionate about outdoor sports like paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving. Life has been very hectic for the past few weeks, but she has enjoyed every minute of it and is now looking forward to returning home with her crown. “This one’s for India,” she signed off.

Miss India format change this year scouted for the best from each state

With a vision of finding talent from each state, the pageant fbb Femina Miss India is looking for franchise partnerships across the country

This year saw a change in the format of the fbb Colors Femina Miss India contest, with the competition travelling to all states of the country to hunt for the best talent from each state. One winner from every state, mentored by four celebrities, participated in fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017.

The process started with auditioning Miss India aspirants from each state,where three girls from every state were selected to go forward to the zonal stage.The zonal ceremonies were held in Delhi (North Zone), Bengaluru (South Zone), Kolkata (East Zone) and Pune (West Zone). Each zonal ceremony had the three state finalists from the respective states under that zone competing for the state crown. It was at the fbb Colors Femina Miss India North held in Delhi that Manushi Chhillar was crowned fbb Femina Miss India Haryana.

After all four zonal ceremonies, the final 30 winners from across the country represented their state on the national stage in the finale of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017.And that finale is what took Manushi along the track that culminated in Saturday’s life-changing title victory.

To carry this success forward,the Miss India organization is looking for franchise partners for each state of the country.It welcomes state governments as well as private sponsors to promote and partner with fbb Colors Femina Miss India to take it to every corner of the country, so that the next Miss Indias come from the widest possible talent pool and truly represents the best of India. This will not just create new and glamorous annual properties that serve as image-changers and boost tourism, but will also encourage the states to compete in finding the best talent to represent them — talent which can then move on to the national stage and beyond, and bring them the sense of pride and achievement that Manushi’s win has today brought to Haryana.


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