Haryana-born Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World 2017 title on November 18 in the Sanya Arena City of China PR. The-20-year-old is the sixth Indian woman to become the titleholder after Priyanka Chopra was the last one to be crowned in 2000.
"The feeling is still sinking in and I am very excited to make India proud too. I'm also looking forward to the year ahead," Manushi said in a statement after the win.
"My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy. My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me," said Manushi, whose family members, including a brother and a sister, were present at the gala.
In the question-and-answer round after she was shortlisted among the top five, Manushi was asked: "Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?"
She replied: "I think a mother is of the highest respect. I don't think it 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."
Manushi was ecstatic and emotional when she has announced the winner from among contestants from 108 countries. She succeeds Miss World 2016 winner, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was adjudged the first runner-up, while Miss England Stephanie Hill was declared the second runner-up at the glittering event.
Besides the Miss World tiara and the sash, Manushi also won the 'Beauty with a Purpose' award. She was always confident about winning the title. In an interview during her grooming, she said: "The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant."