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A medical student who is from India has been hailed as the Miss World 2017 making her country the joint-most successful in the history of the beauty pageant.
Manushi Chhillar who is 20 years old, is the sixth Indian winner of the said competition, following in the footsteps of Bollywood Actresses Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra.
Her win means that India is currently at par with Venezuela as both countries hold six victories over the course of the 67 years of the pageant.
According to the Miss World website, Chhillar is trained as an Indian classical dancer. She also enjoys painting, and she hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas.
Following her victory, Chhillar tweeted: “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support.
“This one’s for India.”
The success of the young medical student quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as people congratulated her win including the minister of her home state of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar.
Chhillar was crowned the winner by Puerto Rico’s Stephanie del Valle, last year’s winner of Miss World, while England’s Stephanie Hill and Mexico’s Andrea Meza finished as runners-up.
The competition was held in Sanya, China’s Hainan Island for the seventh time, where the said event was last held in 2015.
On the last occasion two years ago, controversy came as officials stopped Anastasia Lin, the Miss Canada, from boarding a plane, informing her that she would not receive a visa.
The 25-year old actress claimed that the decision was made due to her stance on the human rights record of China. During last year’s event in the United States, Lin was once again warned by pageant officials not to speak to the press regarding the subject.
Interestingly, Anastasia Lin did not participate in this year’s event. Instead, Canada was represented by Cynthia Menard, a high school student.