Miss World 2018: Manushi Chhillar Will Crown Her Successor Today
It’s already been one year since Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World in 2017 and in the process won all of our hearts as well. She spent one year in the global spotlightas Miss World but now it’s time for a new winner to take over.
The Miss World ceremony is happening this Saturday where a new beauty from one of the 118 participating countries will take over the crown to rule the roost for another year. As is the tradition, the Miss World is crowned personally by the previous year’s winner. Which means this year Manushi will crown her successor.
It will no doubt be an emotional moment for the Indian model as speculation is already on for who might win this year’s crown.
Speculation is already on if India can strike gold again like in 1999 and 2000, when the Miss World winners (Yukta Mookhey and Priyanka Chopra) were Indian for two consecutive years.
On Friday, Manushi shared a heartfelt video on Instagram saying, “Holding a billion hopes wasn't easy, representing the country either. I'm proud to have Miss World 2017. And it's time when this crown will bring happiness and glory to the next successor. Watch me in an exuberant event crowning the next successor.”
This year the official Indian contender for the crown is Anukeerthy Vas who won the title of Miss India World in June. The 20 year old from Tamil Nadu is a dancer and athlete currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts.
India has won the crown of Miss World six times so far: in 1994 with Aishwarya Rai, in 1997 with Daina Hayden, in 1999 with Yukta Mookhey, in 2000 with Priyanka Chopra and in 2017 with Manushi Chhillar. We’ll soon find out if India can capture that magic once again.
(The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.