Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar was not just another beautiful face in the crowd of beauties at the Miss World pageant. She is indeed a beauty with a brain as well as a heart – a very hard to find combination in someone so young.
Born to doctor parents in 1997, Manushi too is studying to follow in their footsteps. The 20-year-old is a student at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat, Haryana. Not just that, if you take a look at her Instagram feed you’d know that she’s been actively involved in Project Shakti and has tried to make life a little easier for rural women in her home state.
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Manushi has been involved with Project Shakti and raising awareness on menstrual hygiene by visiting villages and talking to women in her native state, Haryana. Till date Manushi has visited about 20 villages and treated around 5000 women. That alone makes for an impressive resume.
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However, the leggy lass is also a photographers’ delight which helped her win the coveted, Miss Photogenic title at the Femina Miss India 2017 pageant where she represented Haryana.
Chhillar studied at St Thomas’ School in New Delhi and is a trained Kuchipudi dancer having trained under legendary dancers, Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. Chhillar has also attended the National School of Drama in Delhi.
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Hailing from an academic family, she had never had to somehow explain her desire to be a model and a doctor just like her inspiration, the first ever Miss India to wear the Miss World crown, Rita Faria who went back to complete her education after winning the coveted crown.
Manushi’s parents, father, Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the 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 (IHBAS).
No one from her family including her two siblings, a sister who is studying to be a lawyer or her brother, who is still in school have had anything to do with show business.
However, in the question and answer round post getting the top five spot, when Manushi was asked: “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?” She replied: “I think a mother is of highest respect. I don’t think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect.”
In a recent interview Manushi had described herself as ‘curious’. She said, ‘since I am a curious person, my hunger to learn more and know more makes me unstoppable’.
She also describes herself growing up as a philosophical child with the motto, ‘this too shall pass.’
For Manushi this fame that her beauty pageant wins have brought are special because she wants to leverage it to inspire other girls from her home state Haryana which has the notorious distinction of having worst male-female ratio in India.
Passion is what drives Manushi and it is visible in her string of victories and achievements. A creative person, she loves dancing, sketching and outdoor sports like, paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Future looks bright for the youngster as she sits pretty balancing the Miss World crown on her intelligent head while, Priyanka Chopra, her Miss India predecessor who won the crown in 2000 welcomes her to the exclusive club of a handful of India’s most beautiful and talented women that also includes Aishwarya Rai.
Here’s what Priyanka tweeted last night,
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 18, 2017