A perfect example of ‘Beauty with Brain’, Manushi Chhillar started her journey as a campus princess in 2016 and achieved heights by becoming the sixth Indian woman to win the title of Miss World in 2017, bringing the title to India 17 years after Priyanka Chopra. Before entering the Miss World pageant, she also took part in FBB Femina Miss Haryana in April which she graciously won.
From being a medical student to achieving the title of FBB Colors Femina Miss World 2017, Manushi’s life took a heavy turn within a span of a few months.
In 2015, Manushi Chhillar took admission to Bhagat Phool Women’s Medical College, Haryana to pursue MBBS, but she took a year off from her college when she got to know about the auditions in Chandigarh.
Her life changed completely when she cleared the auditions. Manushi used to get up early than everyone else in the hostel to work out and studied till midnight after attending the lectures to prepare herself for the pageant. “The other students in the college thought that I have gone crazy, and sometimes found it funny,” Manushi said.
Once, during her training, she thought of going back to complete her MBBS degree since her whole family belonged to the medical background and she was the only one opting out of this career, choosing entertainment. However, her parents supported her dreams despite thinking about society.
“I used to toss between studies, workout schedule and other pageant preparations during my days in the college”, said Maushi Chhillar. “Winning a beauty pageant was something I always dreamt of. As a student, I was always focused on my studies, but like every girl, I also dreamt to be at a beauty pageant at least once in life”, she added.
Manushi completed her schooling at St Thomas’ Girls Senior Secondary School, Delhi. She says that her initial years in Delhi and her schooling played a vital role in building her confidence. Manushi moved to Delhi from Bengaluru when she was seven years old.
She believes that those who grow up in Delhi become brave, confident, and bold. They know how to voice their opinion. “The environment in Delhi’s education institutions is such that it lets you learn and voice your own opinions in the right way.”
After returning from the pageant, Manushi Chhillar shifted to Mumbai along with her parents to continue her studies. She sent an application for migration from Bhagat Phool Singh Women’s Medical College in Haryana to a medical college in Mumbai.
Another big dream of Manushi Chhillar was to enter Bollywood, and her dream is now turning into reality as she has been offered a role in the Yash Raj Films. Manushi is debuting in the upcoming movie Prithviraj opposite Akshay Kumar. The film is set to be released on the big screen on 21 January 2022. Manushi Chhillar has proved that medical students are not just into studies, most of them are multi-talented and can achieve whatever they dream of!
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