It has emerged that she is among the tallest models who will compete for the global crown this year.
Mushandu, who is 1,82m tall, is the fourth tallest model after Peru’s Odilia Garcia (1,84m), Italy’s Tania Bambaci (1,83m), and Sierra Leone’s Swadu Natasha (1,83m).
The 61st edition of the Miss World pageant will be held in London on November 6 and Mushandu said she is undergoing training from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) in preparation for the pageant.
“ZTA is equipping me with the right things to say when I go for Miss World as I will meet various people who will be interested in knowing more about Zimbabwe,” she said.
She added that Kiki Divaris was also teaching her social skills.
ZTA public relations manager, Sugar Chagonda said the ZTA was still playing their part of training Miss Zimbabwe for the pageant.
Chagonda said he was optimistic that Mushandu was going to represent the country well.
“Malaika is quite intelligent and hardworking,” Chagonda said.
“She has been working flat out on her water and sanitation project, which she will use for the social responsibility programme of the pageant.”
“Miss World is not only a celebration of beauty but it is also a celebration of fashion, talent and culture as contestants will tour the host country supporting charitable causes, participating in spectacular events and visiting the local attractions.”
Over the years, Zimbabwe has been represented well by models like Oslie Muringai, Cynthia Muvirimi, Lorraine Maphala, Caroline Marufu, Vanessa Sibanda and Samantha Tshuma.
According to organisers of the event, this year’s edition will be a celebratory event in the history of the pageant since it was born in London.
“This year’s Miss World will be held in London and a special party will also be held at the London South Bank to celebrate where it all began,” said the organisers.
The first Miss World event was created by Eric Morley in 1951 as part of his promotion of the Festival of Britain, which took place on the South bank of the River Thames.
Since his death in 2000, Morley’s wife Julia has been co-chairing the pageant.
Miss World has become the world’s most watched annual pageant with a worldwide viewing audience of over one billion.
Contestants drawn from around the world converge in the host country to compete for the title and this year’s winner will be crowned by Alexandria Mills, the American who was crowned Miss World last year at an event held in Sanya, China.