In a Conversation with Femina Miss India World 2017- Manushi Chhillar
The twenty years old beauty who won the first Miss World India crown for her state, Haryana is not just a pretty face! A medical student by profession, Manushi is a trained Kuchipudi classical dancer, who also carves her ideas through poetry. Apart from modelling at various advertising agencies, Manushi has keen interest in being a successful doctor in future, the seeds of which were sown in her young mind when she topped the 12th standard boards.
Manushi Chhillar was a hot favourite for the title of Femina Miss India 2017 even before she won her state finals and this was not merely because of her beauty but also because of her sincere and genuine demeanour and amicable aura. The very congenial Miss World India is focussed and is never seen beating the bush. Above all she is spontaneous and a natural beauty queen, the fact that makes her unique.
Having won Miss Photogenic during the grand finale of Femina Miss India 2017 and Miss Rampwalk during the zonal pageant, Manushi Chhillar is a force to reckon with and the world knows it well. People have already acknowledged her as one of the front runners for Miss World 2017 pageant. Lately, The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry got a wonderful opportunity to know her ideas, thoughts and plans regarding Miss World 2017, so without any further ado let’s get the glimpse of the newly crowned Miss World India’s beautiful heart!
Heartiest congratulations on winning Femina Miss India 2017, Manushi. How are you enjoying your victory?
Thank you so much, Vagisha! To me it isn’t only my victory, but the victory of so many people who’ve helped me reach here. It took time for the feeling to sink in, but I am enjoying every bit of it.
What was the first thought that came to your mind after wearing the crown of Miss World India?
The moment the crown touched my head, I had a ball of emotions trapped which was finally released. I had worked so hard and watching your dream come true is the best feeling in life! I told myself that it is only the beginning of a beautiful journey.
How did your family and friends react to your victory?
I could see my family in the crowd. I saw joy and pride in their eyes, they are my fuel and I couldn’t have done it without them. Everyone was so excited!
What memories from your homecoming ceremony will you always cherish?
My homecoming was filled with surprises! I got the opportunity to thank each and every one who has helped me reach here. And the best part was that people I have never met or known were happy for me. I’ll cherish all the love and blessings I’ve received.
Amidst all the celebrations happening around, how do you keep your focus intact for winning the sixth Miss World crown for India?
Miss World is not just my dream, it’s my passion! The moment I was crowned, I told myself that I am only a step away. It is there in me always.
What do you think will be your biggest strength when you will represent India at Miss World 2017 among a group of similarly talented ladies? What do you think gives you an edge over others?
My focus and dedication have brought me so far. But the edge that I have is my simplicity. I always believe in being myself. Also, I have a purpose and after winning the title, it has become stronger.
Your “Beauty with a Purpose” project at Femina Miss India 2017 dealt with menstrual hygiene and apart from that you have also worked for the betterment of cancer victims. Hearty congratulations on this initiative! How are you planning to take forward your BWAP for Miss World pageant?
I started project shakti because I wished to empower women through menstrual hygiene. I plan on not only educating women but also assisting them in menstrual management. I wish not only to make them more aware, but also offer a system for them to imbibe those practices.
Your classical Kuchipudi dance won several hearts during Femina Miss India 2017. Do you wish to showcase a similar masterpiece in the Talent Round of Miss World pageant?
I have always loved to dance and yes, I will be dancing for the talent round at Miss World. But the rest is a surprise!
Former Miss World India, Koyal Rana who was a worldwide sensation during Miss World 2014 belongs to your alma mater. She was supposedly quite elated on your win. Any piece of advice you have been taking from her as you traverse on the journey to Miss World crown?
Yes, her performance at Miss World 2014 was commendable. She’s my senior from school and we travelled in the same van but I never had a close interaction with her. She met me during my homecoming which was very sweet of her.
You have been a doctor, classical dancer, model and now the official representative of India at Miss World, who or what has helped you to evolve your dynamic personality? Did it come naturally to you or someone motivated you to channelize your diverse passion?
I have always been involved in many things. I am a quiet person but express through art. My parents have a big hand in my diverse personality because they’ve always encouraged me to participate.
Which fastrack event are you confident about acing at Miss World pageant?
I believe that would be Beauty with a Purpose and Top Model. I am working very hard on both of them and I hope I do well.
In an interview you stated that India’s first Miss World, Reita Faria has been your inspiration. Interestingly, she was also a doctor. As a doctor do you feel your vision can help you to go far in this journey, considering many doctors like Rolene Strauss have brightly accomplished their dream visions to reality?
Of course! I am not the first doctor to venture into beauty pageants. I feel being a doctor and beauty queen actually go hand in hand! As a doctor, I am gaining knowledge and skill to help others, but as a beauty queen I am able to use it and reach out to people who need it. I have a purpose and I know it will take me far.
Why do you think India has not won the Miss World crown since 16 years and how do you plan to end that drought?
Well we have had really good representatives the past 16 years, but I feel that it’s about the moment. How you are able to show your personality there also matters and there are several aspects that play a role. I plan to train myself, so that I am able to express who I am, what India is all about, how can I be that one person giving a glimpse of the seventh largest country of the world.
Femina Miss India Organization has strived their best to make this edition a success. Any special memory from the pageant days you will never forget?
Every memory was special to me! The new format has brought the whole country together and everyone was so unique! One special memory would be our unveiling shoot in Jaipur. We wore Manish Malhotra and felt like queens walking down the steps of Albert Hall!
What message would you like to give to The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry and the readers reading your wonderful words?
Firstly, thank you so much Kaleidoscope of pageantry! You have supported me through my journey. To all the readers, be confident, and once you find your purpose in life, charge! Always have a meaning to your existence, doesn’t matter when it comes to you.