“The sky is the limit. We are limitless, and so are our dreams, we must never doubt ourselves!”, “Manushi’s favorite quote”
Manushi Chillar, the name that India has been chanting over the past couple of days, won the coveted Miss World Pageant on November 18th 2017, and brought home the crown after 17 years since Priyanka Chopra in 2000. She was previously crowned fbb Femina Miss India 2017 on 25th June 2017. She is the sixth Indian woman to win the Miss World title.
Manushi was born on the 14th of May 1997, in the Indian state of Haryana. Hailing from the Jat community, her father Dr. Mitra Basu Chillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, whiles her mother Dr. Neelam Chillar, is an associate professor and department head of Neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
A trained Kuchipudi dancer!
Manushi completed her undergrad from St. Thomas School in New Delhi and is currently pursuing a medical degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonepat, Haryana. Apart from that, Chillar is a trained Kuchipudi dancer and has trained under legendary dancers, Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy.
A beauty with brains!
The Miss World pageant is not entirely based on looks or beauty but also on intelligence, spontaneity as well as several aspects of their personality. So the final answer asked by the judges to the contestants is a very significant factor in the pageant. In the final round, when Chillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary, she promptly replied, “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not only about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect you give to someone. My mother has been the greatest inspiration in my life. All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it’s the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary!”
The most beautiful woman in the world!
On her return from Sanya in China, where the grand finals of the Miss World Pageant were held, she received a blockbuster welcome from her fans, holding posters and flowers, at the Mumbai Airport. One of the posters read, “India loves you!” while another read “Welcome to the most beautiful woman in the world!” Responding to all this, Manushi tweeted and wrote, “Feels great to be back home J Thank you #India for such a grand welcome.”
Apart from the glitz and glitter of Manushi’s life, she is actively associated with women’s safety and empowerment campaigns. She has started a program called “Shakti Project” through which women are made aware of the hygiene during menstruation. She has changed the lives of more than 5000 women by going to around 20 villages.
A perfectionist who is full of life too!
Manushi is known to be an adventure junkie and loves paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving. She is also very much dedicated to her fitness and follows strict diet plans which include drinking a glass of plain or lemon squeezed water early in the morning; cereals with yoghurts, nuts and fresh fruits for breakfast; one-two rotis or a bowl of rice with one vegetable dish, salad and raita for lunch; fruit smoothie, cucumber and carrot sticks with hung curd dip for evening supper; quinoa salad/pulao with chickpea/corn and tofu salad with soup; and fresh fruits post-dinner.
Inspired and Humble!
Manushi grew up idolising Reita Faria, first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World crown. She sacrificed one whole year of her education to participate in the Femina Miss India 2017 Competition.
Manushi’s accomplishments created frenzy all over social media and several noted personalities had something or the other to say. While Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor made a pun mocking the BJP government regarding demonetisation by tweeting “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP Government should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chillar has become Miss World” where Chillar translates to a penny in Hindi, whereas others like the Minister of Women & Child Development of Haryana said “Manushi Chillar’s victory will help boost self-confidence of several girls… her victory shows that ‘BetiBachao, BetiPadhao’ is moving forward in the right direction.” Even the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Haryana Sri Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted congratulating Miss Chillar on her accomplishment.
Parinita Umesh T a student from a top fashion designing college/institute in Bangalore says “Manushi is an inspiration to all the women of the country. If not winning an international pageant, I at the least aspire to be a woman with values and principles as hers! She’s a terrific human being and is definitely my role model.” Students of Fashion Technology Colleges in India are also trying to study the fashion statement and minimalist style sense of Manushi and are looking forward to contributing to the Indian fashion accord. We wish her all the best in her future and many congratulations to all aspiring, dedicated, poised growing Indians.