New Delhi: Haryana’s 20-year-old Manushi Chhillar earned the title of Miss India World 2017 on Sunday night. While her eyes are set on bringing home the Miss World crown, her life’s mission, she says, is to educate women about menstrual hygiene.
Worried about the poor menstrual management in the country, Ms Chhillar, who is also a student of medicine, started Project Shakti to spread awareness towards this cause.
“I started Project Shakti and through that I educated women about menstrual hygiene as that is one cause I really feel for,” Ms Chhillar told IANS.
Ms Chhillar studies medicine in Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat district of Haryana, around 90 km from New Delhi. She said that her parents have always taught her that ‘Sky is the limit, have the courage to pursue your dreams’.
“I was blessed because I never had to sit my parents down and tell them what I wanted to do. They were observant. They always knew what I wanted,” she was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
Coming from a family of doctors and lawyers, Ms Chhillar said that she is the first one to step into the world of entertainment and beauty pageants.
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Talking about her inspiration, she said that she is motivated by Miss World 1966 Reita Faria.
She is not only the first Indian to represent the country in Miss World, but also won it. The best part about her is that the moment she completed her duties as Miss World, she followed her passion to become a doctor, Ms Chhillar said.
“I would definitely complete my education but as of now my focus is representing the country internationally,” she said.
(With Inputs From IANS)