BY ANUJ RADIA

Tamil Nadu’s Anukreethi Vas is crowned as the 55th Miss India World winner on Tuesday night in Mumbai at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium.

Aged just 19, Anukreethy is a student of Chennai’s Loyola College, pursuing B.A. in French to become an interpreter.

Raised by a single mother, the just-crowned Miss India World 2018 wishes to become a supermodel as she loves facing the camera.

Participants proved their aptitude by facing some of the tricky questions from the judges’ panel which was studded with some of the iconic personalities like actor Bobby Deol, Kunal Kapoor, Malaika Arora, fashion designer Gaurav Gupta and cricketer Irfan Pathan, along with Manushi.

Manushi holds the crown of Miss World 2017 that she won last year after Priyanka Chopra won in 2000.

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 released film Veere Di Wedding.

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

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

The first runner-up of the contest is Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana and second Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh.