As predicted by Global Beauties, India wins Miss World with Mexico in 2nd place
An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in Sanya, China, on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant's history.
Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.
Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of Miss World, now in its 67th edition.
Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas.
"Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers", she wrote on Twitter. "This one's for India."
Chhillar's victory rapidly became a top trending topic on the social media platform in India after the announcement, with Manohar Lal Khattar -- the minister of her home state of Haryana -- among the first to offer congratulations.
Chhillar was handed the crown by last year's winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico.
Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as first runners-up, as also predicted by Global Beauties. Stephanie Hill of England finished in a surprising 3rd place.
The other two finalists were France and Kenya.
Top 10 semi-finalists were Russia, Korea, Jamaica, South Africa and Indonesia.
Top 15 quarter-finalists included Mongolia, El Salvador, Nigeria, Macau and Japan.
Other countries making it to the "Final 40" were Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Guatemala, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Moldova, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Venezuela, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Malta, USA, Croatia, New Zealand, Sweden, Botswana, Ukraine, Poland and China.
Continental Queen of Beauty were Mexico (Americas), England (Europe), Kenya (Africa), Korea (Asia), Jamaica (Caribbean) and New Zealand (Oceania).
The Miss World pageant returned to Sanya, on southern China's Hainan Island, for a seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015.
Congratulations to the beautiful and bright Miss World 2017!
Soon GB will bring a review of show and its final words on this year´s pageant.