Manushi Chhillar is a gifted poet, a painter and Kuchipudi dancer; coming from a family of doctors, she wants to be a cardiac surgeon. Days after Chhillar won the coveted Miss World title for 2017, her phone probably hasn’t stopped buzzing with the congratulatory messages. Politicians and doctors of the country can’t stop tweeting about her. Sudarshan Patnaik, the famous artist, has already made a sand art for her at the Puri beach.
After all, it’s a massive win for India too. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World crown in the year 2000.
In the final round when the judges asked her, “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?” The 20-year-old answered, “I think a mother is of the highest respect. I don’t think it’s just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. A Mother should get the highest salary and respect.” That was the winning answer that got her the crown. Manushi’s idea of celebration is “to have dinner with my family and close friends – something I haven’t done in a while now.” It will probably be a while before she gets that wish.
We are very proud of this amazing rockstar woman who not only is contributing to the field of Medicine but also that of the Entertainment and Glamour.
Right after winning the Miss World crown, Chhillar told IANS that there’s one cause that she will be fighting for. “The poor menstrual management in our country and across the world has always bothered me as a person…That’s one cause that I will take forward with me,” she said.
It wasn’t one of those statements made in the air by a beauty pageant winner, it’s a cause Chhillar believes in.
The 20-year-old has been working on ‘Project Shakti’ for a while now. The project is an initiative to financially empower rural women and create livelihood opportunities for them. In the project, Chhillar has initiated an awareness program on menstrual hygiene. In between all the preparations, Chhillar visited 20 villages, in a hope to bring about a change. “The cause is close to my heart, and in my own way, I have managed to make a difference to the lives of about 5,000 women.”
She is an inspiration for all young women out there. The right example for the common saying – “Beauty with Brains”