Manushi Chhillar: Indian medical student turned beauty queen

Indian beauty Manushi Chhilar wins the 67th Miss World contest final in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan, on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 18 November 2017
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Manushi Chhillar: Indian medical student turned beauty queen

JEDDAH: India’s Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World on Saturday, 16 years after the country’s Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000.
Chhillar, 21, became the sixth Indian woman to win the glamorous pageant. She competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event at the Sanya City Arena in China. She was crowned by Miss World 2016, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle.
Chhillar, a medical student who hails from Haryana, won both the “Head to Head” challenge and the “Beauty with a Purpose” segment of the competition. Earlier this year, she won the Femina Miss India 2017.
Born to doctor parents, Chhillar studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Her entire family was present at the pageant.
Chhillar was asked by the judges which profession deserved the highest salary and why. “My mother has been my biggest inspiration, so I have to say a mother’s job,” she replied. “It’s not always about cash, but love and respect as well. A mother deserves that the most.”
Chillar had earlier said she grew up admiring Reita Faria, the first Indian and Asian to win Miss World in 1966. Faria became the first Miss World winner to qualify as a doctor.
Former pageant winners from India — such as Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra — have gone on to carve successful careers in Bollywood.
But Chhillar told Indian news agency PTI: “I disagree with the notion. I feel that Miss India is a stepping stone for anything you want to do, not just Bollywood.”


EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

Updated 16 October 2018
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EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

  • EgyptAir will stop printing the issue and will pull out distributed ones from shelves
  • The airline earlier deflected the blame to a partner advertising agency

CAIRO: Egyptian officials say EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine over a contentious article it published, purportedly based on an interview with American actress Drew Barrymore.
They say the carrier had agreed with its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, to stop printing more copies of the October issue of the magazine, Horus, and pull the ones already placed onboard the fleet’s aircraft.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media.
Earlier this month, EgyptAir said Al-Ahram is to blame for Horus’ content and specifically for the Barrymore article, which was riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. It described Barrymore as “being unstable in her relationships” and quoted her as saying that motherhood was “the most important role” of her life.