India is a country that is still struggling to ensure that all women have access to equal say and pay but even then, there have been instances where driven Indian women have proved that nothing can stop them for achieving their dreams. The success stories of Manushi Chhillar and Peden Ongmu Namgyal will surely drive the youth to reach for the stars.


For all Indians who were tuned to the finale of Miss World 2017, it was a joyous moment when Haryana-girl Manushi Chhillar was presented the crown. The final was held at Sanya in China. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico was the first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England was the second runner-up. Around 108 women from across the world took part in the pageant.

A third-year MBBS student at Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat, Manushi proved to the world that anyone can dream and if you work towards that dream, it will become a reality. Not only is she good in academics but she is also actively involved in social work. Manushi is also a trained Kuchipudi dancer. Her father Dr Mitra Basu Chhillar is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation and her mother Dr Neelam Chhillar is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.

Chhillar’ answer in the top five round was what helped give her an edge over the competition. She was asked which profession, according to  her, deserved the highest salary. She replied that a mother deserves the highest respect, and when it comes to salary, it’s not always about cash, it is the love and respect that we give someone. She shared that her mother has always been the biggest inspiration in her life. She also added that all mothers sacrifice a lot for their kids, which is why she feels that it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary.


Peden Ongmu Namgyal first won our hearts by winning Miss Sikkim, then she went on to woo more fans in Northeast Diva, and finally she bagged the coveted title of Miss Supranational 2017 at the Yamaha Fascino Miss India Diva 2017. This Sikkim beauty will now be travelling to Poland to participate in the Miss Supranational World pageant which will be held on December 1.

At the Yamaha Fascino Miss India Diva 2017, she competed with 700 other participants from across the country. The road hasn’t been a cake-walk and she had put in a lot of hard work and effort because of which she has been given an opportunity to represent the country at an international pageant. At Yamaha Fascino Miss India Diva 2017, she had also won the title of Miss Photogenic.

There are many who think that pageants are all about the looks but that is not really the case. Girls like Peden and Manushi have much more to offer than a pretty face. They show through example the importance of self-confidence, they inspire others who are younger than them to dream, and they represent our country in other countries and show them how progressive yet rooted and forward thinking the women in India are. These are all little things but they are also big milestones when you think about it. We need to encourage more and more women to not be afraid of being themselves and reaching for the stars.


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