India overwhelmed the most prestigious moment with an Indian medical student, Ms. Manushi Chillar as Sixth Miss World while making the country compete with Venezuela, in its 67th edition. The glorious event took place at a Chinese seaside resort, Sanya, where Ms. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico was announced as the first runner up and Ms Stephanie Hill, Miss England as the second runner up.
For India, it was an epic moment when Stephanie Del Valle, last year’s Miss World winner from Puerto Rico, presented the crown to Manushi. After 17 years of long journey for India, Manushi Chillar embarks herself in the history of the pageant after the leading Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra (2000) and Aishwarya Rai (1994), followed by Diana Haydon (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999).
The last response by Ms. Chillar made the judges astonish and spread applause from the audience. She says the biggest inspiration is her mom and she quoted, “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about the cash, but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of the mother that deserves the highest salary.”
With her win, she clearly makes a strong stand for empowerment not only for women but also for mothers. She makes India proud with her prominent position as well as earnest thoughts and initiative like Project Shakti “a social campaign for women and girl on maintaining the hygiene during menstrual.”
Manushi, aged 20, is a profound medical student, who is professionally trained into classical dancing while enjoys painting and poetry as a hobby. From bagging Miss Campus Princess to Femina Miss India, she proves to be a successful example of Haryana’s social initiative “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.
After winning the victorious title for India, Ms. Chillar aspires to complete her MBBS degree and hope to open non-profit hospitals in rural areas for treating the underprivileged or people with low incomes.