Published Friday, 11 October 2013
The X Factor judge was conducting interviews before the Pride of Britain awards on Monday, when she was quizzed about the teenage activist, who was being honoured at the event.
Yousafzai made the headlines around the world last October, when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen opposed to her beliefs about education for girls and women in her native Pakistan.
Scherzinger faltered as she responded: "Malala? I don't know that story that well, but is she still..."
The reporter filled her in on Yousafzai's story and she quickly hailed the youngster, replying: "Amazing. She's a righteous, empowering, powerful woman, and God bless her."
Yousafzai was not in London to attend the event, but was shown in pre-taped video footage being presented with a Pride of Britain honour by soccer superstar David Beckham.