Miss India

‘Miss World 2017’ Manushi Chhillar crowns Anukreethy Vas as ‘Miss India World 2018’ at the grand finale of ‘Miss India 2018’ in Mumbai, June 19. Also seen are first and second runner-up Meenakshi Chaudhary (l) and Shreya Rao Kamavarapu, respectively. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI — All of 19, Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu’s Trichy, triumphed over contestants from all over India to clinch the ‘Femina Miss India World 2018’ title, succeeding Manushi Chhillar, who brought home the coveted ‘Miss World’ crown the first time since 2000.

Vas, raised by a single mother, was crowned at a star-studded grand finale of the beauty contest June 19 night at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium here. Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was the first runner-up and Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh was the second runner-up.

A student of Chennai’s Loyola College, Vas is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in French to become an interpreter, but she works closely with an NGO for the education of transgenders – a cause close to her heart.

She wishes to become a supermodel as she loves facing the camera, but Bollywood is not her focus right now. Her eyes are set on winning the Miss World crown for India again, Vas told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The Femina Miss India show saw participants proving their aptitude by facing some tricky questions from the judges’ panel, which included Bobby Deol, Kunal Kapoor, Malaika Arora, fashion designer Gaurav Gupta and cricketer Irfan Pathan, along with Chhillar.

The event was hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Bollywood was prominently present at the grand finale, as Jacqueline Fernandez set the stage on fire by shaking a leg on “Desi Girl.”

Dancing diva and actress Madhuri Dixit Nene performed a beautiful dance number during the India round, with her co-dancers presenting various forms of Indian classical dance. She also hummed a few lines from her latest Marathi release, “Bucket List,” during an interaction with the hosts.

Kareena Kapoor Khan looked ravishing in her stage performance on “Tareefan” from her latest film, “Veere Di Wedding.”

All the selected participants were groomed by Neha Dhupia, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra and Pooja Hegde.

The organizing team of the beauty pageant toured all 30 states of the country, including Delhi, and crowned one representative from each state, all aspiring for the coveted Miss India crown.

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