Our very own Manushi Chillar ensured we had a great weekend by winning the coveted international beauty pageant, Miss World, 17 years after global sensation Priyanka Chopra brought it home. She ended a long drought in beauty pageants for India, and became the 6th Indian woman to have bagged the Miss World crown.
Now, competing against women from all across the globe and winning isn’t a piece of cake. The contestants have to clear a number of rounds, based on personality, intelligence, and beauty, of course. Of these rounds, the Q&A part is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for the participants. Just imagine: standing in front of literally, the entire world and answering that ‘one’ question that decides your future. It requires a unique kind of flair and confidence, something not everyone boasts of, to impress so many people in just one response. Lucky for us, six of our divas knew just the right answers to win the world-renowned title. From 1966 to 2017, let’s take a look at the final answers by our beauty queens.
Manushi Chillar, Miss World 2017
She was asked which profession, according to her, deserves the highest salary and why. The Haryana native answered the question saying a mother deserves the highest respect. Here exact quote said: “Since I’m very close to my mother, I think a mother deserves love and respect, I don’t think it’s just about salary but about love and respect you give to someone and I think my mom has always been the biggest inspiration in my life and all mothers they sacrifice so much for their kids. So I think the profession of highest respect and salary should be that of a mother.”
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000
Priyanka was asked who she considered the most successful woman alive during that time and why? She answered: “There are a lot of people I admire, but one of the most admirable people is Mother Teresa, who has been so compassionate, considerate and kind.” Now, we’re sure you’re thinking what we’re thinking. While looking for her extra points, our talented representative missed out on a teeny-weeny bit of information: that Mother Teresa died in 1997. Well, we’re not complaining, she still won the title.
Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999
The actress was asked, in the common question round, that one important piece of advice she would like to give her parents as a daughter: what would that be and why? The charming contestant said: “I would tell my parents that in the value you’ve taught me, I’ll still stand by you no matter what and hope that we can set an example for the rest of the world to see what family values and ethics are all about.”
Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997
Melanie Sykes, the host, asked her to pick a question for herself. The question read: ‘If you could be anyone in the world, who would it be?” According to Diana, it had to be Audrey Hepburn. She said: “I admired her inner beauty, compassion and aura and the calmness within that is reflected in her.”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miss World 1994
The evergreen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was asked the qualities a Miss World 1994 should embody. According to her, the highlight of Miss World till 1993 was compassion and that was one quality the new queen should embody too.
Reita Faria, Miss World 1966
n the personality round, according to an Indian Express interview, Reita, a medical student, was asked why she wanted to become a doctor. Without thinking twice, she replied that India needs more obstetricians and gynaecologists. Responding to her, the jury jokingly said India has lots of babies. What she said next, won her the title: “I said that that was something we needed to discourage, which got a lot of applause”.