On 18th November, India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World title at the grand event organised in China, ending a seventeen-year-long dry run at the pageant. The last win for India was in 2000 when Priyanka Chopra was crowned the Miss World. Soon after the announcement, Manushi Chhillar began receiving congratulatory messages from leaders across various industries. Actor Priyanka Chopra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Sushmita Sen and Amitabh Bachchan, among others, showered the 20-year-old from Haryana with their good wishes. However, not everyone seems happy with her win. In a recent post on Instagram, ex-Bigg Boss 7 contestant Sofia Hayat, has questioned the need for ‘beauty’ pageants and even slammed these competitions for not being inclusive. Also Read - 5 Big Films, 5 Big Stars - YRF Announces The Release of Shamshera, Prithviraj And Other Bollywood Biggies
In her post, Sofia writes, “Are they still running this contest…I thought it died with the dinosaurs .. who judges beauty these days when beauty does not have a single face or form…” Sofia also points out the lack of diversity in such competitions by writing, “… why isn’t a woman in a hijab there..or a Somalian with a lip plate there..or a painted American Indian..or a transgender..are they not beautiful?..why is there not a size 16 woman with curves or a bald woman? Miss World is outdated..the real Miss World..is a woman who is Mother nature..a woman with a child..a woman who has stretch marks on her body to show she has lived..to show she like the world..is diverse and different..but mostly…Miss World..would never allow herself to be judged by the standards of others..let alone a committee!” Also Read - Sanjay Dutt Says 'Will be Out of This Cancer Soon' in New Video as he Flaunts Latest Haircut For KGF: Chapter 2
Sofia then shared a series of photographs who she says are the real Miss Worlds. The point she was trying to raise is that people often have preconceived notions of beauty and that only gets reinforced through such competitions. Do you agree with her views? Also Read - After Wrapping Up Shoot for Bell Bottom in UK, Akshay Kumar Resumes Shooting for Prithviraj
Here are Sofia Hayat’s Instagram posts:
Sofia followed it up with another post
She also put up a strongly worded post: Which one of these women is beautiful?
Sofia Hayat, who was a part of Bigg Boss 7, is a British national of Indian descent. In June 2016, Sofia announced that she has embraced spirituality and become a nun. She also adopted the name, Gaia Sofia Mother. Soon after, on March 1st, 2017, Sofia changed her mind and got engaged to her boyfriend Vlad Stanescu an interior designer by profession. The couple got married in a private ceremony in London on April 24, 2017. Sofia, who has acted in British and Indian shows, was named the ‘Curvy Icon’ by Vogue Italia in July 2012. In September 2013, She was featured at number 81 on the FHM sexiest women in the world list.