Miss world 2017 Manushi Chillar Indian medical student

An Indian medical student has been crowned Miss World 2017 making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history.

Manushi Chhillar, 20, is the sixth Indian winner of the prestigious competition, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.

Her win means that India is now level with Venezuela as they both hold six victories over the course of the pageant’s 67 years.

Trained as an Indian classical dancer, Chhillar who also enjoys painting hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website.

Following her win, Chhillar tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support.

“This one's for India.”