Shudufhadzo Musida, 23, was assigned as Miss World South Africa 2021 on December 10, 2020. She hails from Ha-Masia, Limpopo, South Africa.
Musida was crowned Miss South Africa 2020 on October 24, 2020. She bested nine other finalists.
Hosted by Nomazamo Mbatha, the Miss South Africa 2020 coronation night took place at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The judges were radio jockey Anele Mdoda, actresses Leandie du Randt and Kim Engelbrecht, Miss South Africa 1996 Peggy-Sue Khumalo and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi.
After winning Miss Universe 2019 on December 8, 2019, Tunzi passed her Miss South Africa 2019 title to her runner-up Sasha-Lee Olivier. It was Olivier who crowned Musida.
Runner-up to Musida was Thato Mosehle, 25, of Stilfontein, North West. She was assigned as Miss Supranational South Africa 2021.
Natasha Joubert, 22, of Centurion, Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa. She will represent South Africa at Miss Universe 2020, which is expected to be held in the first quarter of 2021.
The respective 2020 editions of Miss World and Miss Supranational were both cancelled due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Both international beauty pageants will resume in 2021.
Born in Ha-Masia on July 18, 1996, Musida has one younger sister named Zwonka Musida, who was born in 2007. Their mother Thandi Musida is a real estate agent.
An alumna of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa, Shudufhadzo holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and educational and economic empowerment of women and children.
Shudufhadzo will be the 51st woman to represent South Africa at Miss World. If she wins Miss World 2021, she will be the international beauty pageant’s fourth titleholder from her home country.
The first one was Miss World 1958 Penelope Coelen. The second one was Anneline Kriel, who was originally Miss World 1974 first runner-up but was eventually named the titleholder.
Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss was the third one. At Miss World 2019, Olivier finished in the Top 40.