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Indian medical student Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 competition

An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history. Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai. Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition. Meanwhile Stephanie Jayne Hill, who represented England, came second runner up. Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website. ‘Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support,’ and prayers she wrote on Twitter. ‘This one’s for India.’ The moment Miss India won ”

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

She joined other contestants for the conclusion of Miss World 2017 in Sanya, Hainan province, China (Picture: EPA)

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

Puerto Rican musician and Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle crowns Manushi Chhilla (Picture: EPA)

Chhillar’s victory rapidly became a top trending topic on the social media platform in India after the announcement, with Manohar Lal Khattar – the minister of her home state of Haryana – among the first to offer congratulations. Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony in the Chinese coastal city of Sanya on Saturday night. Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up. Saturday marked the Miss World pageant’s return to Sanya, on southern China’s Hainan Island, for a seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015.

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

Manushi pictured with first runner-upMiss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona and second runner-up Miss England Stephanie Jayne Hill (Picture: EPA)

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

At the previous occasion two years ago, controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa. The 25-year old actress claimed the decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner. At last year’s event in the United States, Lin was again embroiled in controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China. Miss Lin did not participate in this year’s event, with Canada represented instead by Cynthia Menard, a high school student.

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

India’s Manushi Chhillar is crowned at the 67th Miss World Competition in Sanya (Picture: Barcroft)

 

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

India’s Manushi Chhillar reacts as she is crowned at the 67th Miss World Competition (Picture: Barcroft)

 

Miss England comes second runner-up in Miss World 2017 competition

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