Miss Zimbabwe gets US$25 000 windfall
Reigning Miss Zimbabwe 2011 Malaika Mushandu got a shot in the arm from TN Group of Companies ahead of her trip to Miss World pageant scheduled for London, United Kingdom, on November 6.
The 19-year-old model’s wardrobe and part of the expenditure for her preparations including grooming and medical cover have all been met by TN Group of Companies to the tune of US$25 000. Malaika was also given a TN Cash Card for her daily expenses such as fuel and toiletries. In a statement, TN Group of Companies said it was proud to be associated with the country’s top beauty queen.
“We actually believe she can be the first Zimbabwean representative to become Miss World. We have entrusted her with our confidence and we know about her ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ project which will see 13 500 Blair toilets being sunk in marginalised communities and over 2 500 wells and boreholes built is a priceless contribution to our nation,” the statement read.
It is believed that the sponsorship will ensure that Malaika has everything that she needs to stand tall and continue to change the history books. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, which is another major sponsor of the event, will take care of her travelling expenses including airfares.
Malaika was just 18 years old when she was crowned Miss Zimbabwe 2011 in February this year. At the same pageant, she also landed other coveted titles such as the Miss Photogenic and Miss Top Model, making her one of the biggest winners in the history of Zimbabwean pageants.
Besides the Zimbabwean titles, Malaika is also the Miss Southern Africa 2010. At the Miss World, Malaika is gunning for the Miss Beauty with a Purpose, Miss Fitness, Miss Talent, Miss Beach Beauty and Miss Top Model. Of the five, Malaika is confident that she stands a good chance of making it big in three categories such as Miss Top Model, Miss Beauty with a Purpose and the big crown.
With her svelte figure and well toned arms, Malaika weighs 62kg, with a waistline of 27 inches, a size 32 bust and a hip size of 96 inches. However, her greatest asset is her height – she is a towering 1,82 metres tall. That will make her stand out from a host of other contestants and, of course, her natural African beauty.