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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World, Priyanka Chopra offers sane advice to ‘successor’

Miss World Manushi Chhillar got some advice from Priyanka Chopra, who won the crown 17 years ago. The Quantico star wants her to learn but also enjoy her win.

bollywood Updated: Nov 19, 2017 13:45 IST
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Miss World Manushi Chhillar has won the crown 17 years after Priyanka Chopra, ending India’s dry spell.

It has been 17 years since Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World crown and we finally have another Indian Miss World ending the country’s dry spell at international beauty pageants. On Friday night, 20-year-old Manushi Chhillar won the crown at a grand event in China.

As the medical student from Haryana won the coveted crown, Priyanka – who is now busy with an international career – had a word of advice for her successor. Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “And we have a successor!Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017.. cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it.Bravo.”

Manushi edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries. As she was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last year’s Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya, Manushi was overcome by emotion.

Manushi Chhillar celebrates after winning the Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya, China . (IANS)
Manushi Chhillar reacts as she is crowned Miss World. (PTI)

In a statement, Manushi said: “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. I’m also looking forward to the year ahead. 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”.

“Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This one’s for India,” she later wrote on her official Twitter handle. Manushi is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966. Her win brings India at level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant. Aishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka won hers in 2000.

Priyanka, meanwhile, is shooting for the third season of her hit ABC show, Quantico. She is also acting in two Hollywood films – A Kid Called Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?

Not just Priyanka, other Bollywood celebs also lined up to congratulate the new Miss World. Taking to Twitter, Randeep Hooda wrote, “First they took #Sports & now #Glamour these #Haryanavi #women I tell are something else.. well done #ManushiChhillar.”

Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen wrote, “India wins Miss World 2017!!!! Congratulations @ManushiChhillar yipeeeee about time!!!! super proud!!!! #JaiHind.”

Amitabh Bachchan congratulated Manushi and wrote, "T 2715 - A Miss World in our world .. ! Pride and felicitations. Manushi Chillar congratulations !!"

Model-turned-actress Dia Mirza, who won the title of Miss Asia Pacific in the year 2000, had this to say, , "Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! May your beautiful smile and grace always win over the world and help make a positive change #MissWorld2017 #India."

Veteran actor Anupam Kher also congratulated the 21-year-old Manushi Chhillar and tweeted, "Dear @ManushiChhillar!! Thank you for bringing that crown back to India after 17years. Thank you for your amazing answer about mothers. Congratulations. India awaits to welcome you with colours of love, warmth & pride. Jai Ho."

Sharing the same pride, Arjun Kapoor tweeted, "Congratulations @ManushiChhillar well done."

Actress Neha Dhupia, who wore the crown of Femina Miss India in 2002, wrote, "Congratulations @ManushiChhillar. we knew you had all the qualities to conquer the world ever since we met u for the first time! You go girl! #missworld2017 #proudmentor."

First Published: Nov 19, 2017 10:03 IST