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. 

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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 Miss World is outdated..the real Miss World..is a woman who is Mother nature..a woman with a child..a woman who has stretch marks on her body to show she has lived..to show she like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!” 

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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:

Are they still running this contest..I though it died with the dinosaurs .. who judges beauty these days when beauty does not have a single face or form..you gotta laugh at such prehistoric ideals..beauty is not there to be judged..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 out dated..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! Here is to the real Mrs and Miss Worlds of this beautiful planet. Our World..our earth..does not judge her children. Namaste Shalom Salaam. Gaia Mother Sofia Allah Maa

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Sofia followed it up with another post

She also put up a strongly worded post: Which one of these women is beautiful?

Which one of these women is beautiful? If you chose any one..think about where your ideals of beauty came from. They are all beautiful. Not one is more or less beautiful than the other. If you had 4 children, which one is more beautiful? Yes it is sick to even think a mother should judge the beauty of her children..yet the media sets up competitions like this..which filter down to the children. Boycott anything that puts an “ideal” on you and the children of this Earth. You are not here to be judged. You are more than physical beings..and yet all of your physical is incredible. They try to put you in boxes..dictating that you must fit in one..but I say..create your own life..create your own ideals..beauty is not about what others say..it is what you want it to be. You are beautiful..and if only you were taught that, instead of being given a template of what it should be..you would all be happy with what and who you are right now!!! There is no template for beauty..because YOU ARE ALREADY BEAUTIFUL! Man..woman..transgender..big..small..tall..short…all of you are my Miss or Mrs World! Namaste Shalom Salaam. Gaia Mother Sofia Allah Maa #missworld

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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.