Manushi Chhillar (born 14 May 1997) is an Indian model and the winner of the Miss World 2017 pageant. She represented the state of Haryana at the Femina Miss India 2017 pageant, which she won. Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant. She was signed up as a brand ambassador for Malabar Gold and Diamonds, one of the world’s largest retail jewellery groups. Chhillar was named as the “Times Most Desirable Woman of India 2017”. She was also featured in a television commercial for one of India’s largest e-commerce brand, Club Factory.
Early life and education
Chhillar was born in Rohtak, Haryana to father, Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar, who is a scientist at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) 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 was all India CBSE topper in English subject in class 12. She cleared the All India Pre Medical Test and NEET exam in her first attempt and is pursuing a medical degree (MBBS) at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonipat. 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.
Chhillar’s journey in pageantry began with fbb Campus Princess 2016 where she was crowned one of the finalists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences medical college during her college (Pulse) fest in December 2016. Thereafter, she went on to win the title of fbb Femina Miss India Haryana in April 2017. Chhillar represented the state of Haryana in annual Femina Miss India competition and was crowned Femina Miss India 2017 in the finale held on 25 June 2017. 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.
Miss World 2017
Chhillar represented India at Miss World 2017, where she became a semifinalist in the Top Model, People’s Choice, and Multimedia competitions, and was the winner of the Head-to-Head Challenge from Group Nine and co-winner of the Beauty with a Purpose competition. She is fourth Beauty with a Purpose winner at Miss World from India. Chhillar’s Beauty with a Purpose project was Project Shakti. The campaign’s goal is to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. She visited about 20 villages for the project and treated over 5,000 women.
On 18 November 2017, Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 by outgoing titleholder Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico in the finals in Sanya, China. She became the sixth Indian woman to win the crown, and the first since Priyanka Chopra won Miss World 2000.