Rohit Khandelwal Becomes First Indian To Win Mr. World

"I feel so privileged and humbled to be Mr. World 2016."

Earlier this week, popular actor and television personality Rohit Khandelwal took home the coveted title of Mr. World, making him the first Indian man to do so.

mr world

The 26-year-old Khandelwal beat out 46 other participants for the title at the competition’s grand finale in Southport, UK. This final pageant came at the end of a nearly year-long process in which Khandelwal and the other finalists competed in various qualifiers around the world.

After graduating college, the Hyderabad native worked as ground staff for an airline before being discovered by a modeling agency. Once he started modeling, he began to appear on TV, which resulted in him landing on well-known shows such as Yeh Hai Aashiqui and Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya.

"We are not perfect , we are learning . That's the beauty in our specific journey " with mr Korea and mr Brazil

A post shared by Rohit Khandelwal (@rohit_khandelwal77) on

Beautiful southport at 10 pm so much light at this time , just unbelievable .

A post shared by Rohit Khandelwal (@rohit_khandelwal77) on

Of his win, he said: “I feel so privileged and humbled to be Mr World 2016. I would like to thank all my fans and all the people who have been giving me all their blessings. It is only your love and support that has been my inspiration to win Mr World 2016. It has been an amazing journey to this point, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.”

Khandelwal will officially hold the title of “World’s Most Desirable Man” for a year, in which time he’ll travel the world as an ambassador of good will.

"Happiness is a state of mind " In a super happy mood Picture by @sayansurroy

A post shared by Rohit Khandelwal (@rohit_khandelwal77) on

Love for dogs This cutie on the streets of beautiful southport With @amilomoxie

A post shared by Rohit Khandelwal (@rohit_khandelwal77) on

Follow his adventures as Mr. World, here.

h/t: Indian Express

Texas native with a penchant for strong margaritas, early Babs and tastefully executed side-eye.