Manushi Chhillar is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World 2017. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 2017 on 25 June 2017. Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000.
Chhillar was born on May 14, 1997, to doctor parents. Manushi hails from Bahamnoli village near Bahadurgarh (Jhajjar district, Haryana). Her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
Chhillar studied at St. Thomas’ School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medical degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat. Manushi has developed an interest in dancing since her childhood. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer and has trained under legendary dancers Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. Chhillar has also attended the National School of Drama.
On 25 June 2017, Chhillar took part in the Femina Miss India 2017 competition, representing the state of Haryana. During the competition, Chhillar was crowned Miss Photogenic and went on to win the competition as well, earning the right to represent India at the Miss World 2017 competition.
At Miss World 2017, Chhillar became a semifinalist in the Top Model, People’s Choice, and Multimedia competitions, while she was a co-winner of the Beauty with a Purpose competition. Chhillar’s Beauty with a Purpose project was Project Shakti. The campaign’s goal is to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. She has visited about 20 villages for the project and has treated over 5,000 women. On 18 November 2017, Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 by outgoing titleholder Stephanie Del Valle. She became the sixth Indian woman to win the crown, and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000.
Facts of Manushi Chhillar
Manushi thinks that Hrithik Roshan is the sexiest man alive. Her favourite actors are Hugh Jackman and Leonardo DiCaprio. Her favourite movie is Dangal. She always believes that “The Sky is the limit and we are limitless. So always chase your dreams and always believe in yourself“.