Miss Zimbabwe Makes Top 15 at Miss World
Zimbabwe’s representative at Sunday’s Miss World Contest in London, England, Malaika Maidei Mushandu finished in the top 15 out of 113 contestants but could not reach the final seven from where the winner was drawn from.
Mushandu joined contestants from Indonesia, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Khazakstan, Spain, US Virgin Islands, Sweden, South Africa, Venezuela, England, Scotland, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico, among the top 15 but fell by the wayside in the selection of the final seven which saw South Africa, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, England, Scotland, and Korea getting the final places.
This made Miss South Africa Bokang Monjane, the highest placed African contestant, with Malaika in second place on the continent.
Eventually the title was won by Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela, with Gwendoline Rugis of the Philippines in second place and in third place crowd favourite Amanda Perez of Puerto Rico.
The Miss World Competition which attracted 113 girls from all over the world was celebrating its 61 years in existence and next year, the contest will be held in the city of Orgos, in Mongolia, China.
Zimbabwe is using such competitions to spruce up the country’s battered image in the eyes of the international world but since Angeline Musasiwa came fourth in the 90s, Zimbabwe has not fared very well in these competitions and thereby attracting less attention.
The country also has a number of such competitions, one of which is the Miss Tourism but that contest has attracted attention for the wrong reasons after the Zimbabwe Miss Tourism’s Miss Personality Lungile Mathe for 2011 was stripped of her crown by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority office only to be reinstated by the department’s minister Walter Mzembi.
Zimbabwe first took part in the Miss World Competition in 1980 and was represented by Shirley Nyanyiwa, now the wife of Zimbabwe Cricket president, Peter Chingoka.