Indian television actor Rohit Khandelwal edged out 46 contestants to become the first Asian model to win the coveted Mr World title. The 26-year-old was crowned the winner in a grand ceremony held at Southport Theatre on Tuesday (19 July). While Khandelwal won the main trophy, the first runners-up position was secured by Mr Puerto Rico Fernando Álvarez and the second runner-up title went to Mr Mexico Aldo Esparza Ramírez.
Before participating in the pageant, Khandelwal reportedly worked as a ground staff for Spice Jet airlines and acted in a few Indian television series. Popular TV show Yeh Hai Aashiqui marked the 26-year-old's small-screen debut, and he also starred in MTV India's Big F.
Khandelwal, who underwent rigorous physical training to shape up for the contest, was thrilled with the achievement.
"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," he said.
Throughout the pageant, Khandelwal kept his followers on Instagram posted with his latest photos and updates. Apart from winning the Mr World title, he also won the title of Mr Multimedia – which was one of the many sub-contests of the pageant.
Check out some of the best pictures from his Instagram account: