Manushi Chhillar Just Dethroned Priyanka Chopra As the First Indian Miss World in 17 Years
A new Miss World 2017 has been crowned! Manushi Chhillar, AKA Miss India, has taken home top honors in Sanya, China tonight, with Stephanie Hill (Miss England) and Alma Andrea Meza Carmona (Miss Mexico) coming in second and third place, respectively.
Chhillar was chosen from more than 120 contestants to become the sixth-ever Indian contestant to win the pageant, succeeding none other than Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra after 17 years.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 18, 2017
Chopra took to Twitter to congratulate Chhillar, saying, “Cherish and learn, and most importantly, enjoy it. Bravo.”
— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) November 18, 2017
The 21-year-old has since responded, saying, “It means the world to me! Have always looked up to you. Thank you.”
Wowing the judges with her grace, beauty, and sweet-but-smart answers, the reigning queen reportedly told the panel she believes the title of “mother” deserves the highest salary. “I think a mother deserves the highest respect, and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash, but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”
She continued on to add, “All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary.”
Clearly, her answer was one that resonated, earning her a brand new crown to call her — and India’s — own.
Congratulations to the new queen!
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