The Activist, author, tireless campaigner for girls’ education, student, and survivor Malala Yousufzai just made it to the cover of British Vogue for its July issue.
Malala is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history, writer of a moving memoir, spent her 16th birthday addressing the UN, established her own namesake fund, and is an activist who campaigns for safe education for girls across the world.
She announced the exciting news on social media.
“I know the power that a young girl carries in her heart when she has a vision and a mission — and I hope that every girl who sees this cover will know that she can change the world.”Yousufzai posted on Twitter.
Shot beautifully by photographer Nick Knight, Malala’s cover story was written by journalist Sirin Kale. According to Vogue, the video interview will be available to watch on their online platforms from Thursday.
Before accessorizing Vogue, she has appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix special, had her documentary shortlisted for the Oscars, starred as a guest on the Friends reunion, ventured into production with Apple Inc, made it to Bazaar’s 150 visionary women list, and received an inspiring spot in Google’s #OneDayIWill video that celebrated strong women.
Despite all these achievements, some shower her with hate every time she appears on news.
As her British Vogue announcement went viral, many ran to Twitter to air their opinions about it and dismissed her accomplishments.
People criticized her reason for moving to England.
But many of Pakistan’s public figures, such as Ayesha Omar, Mahira Khan, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Ali Sethi and Meesha Shafi, praised her for her accomplishment.
Others appreciated how gracefully she carried herself with a dupatta as a symbolic representation for empowered Pashtun women.
The headscarf, she explained in the interview, is about more than her Muslim faith. “It’s a cultural symbol for us Pashtuns, so it represents where I come from. And Muslim girls or Pashtun girls or Pakistani girls, when we follow our traditional dress, we’re considered to be oppressed, or voiceless, or living under patriarchy. I want to tell everyone that you can have your own voice within your culture, and you can have equality in your culture.”
She has always been praised for her bravery by international celebrities. Shahrukh Khan said that it would be a privilege to meet her, Twinkle Khanna invited her to the Tweak India Summit for encouragement and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited her to celebrate International Day of the Girl are proof of that.
The young achiever said a few encouraging words in an interview with David Letterman.
“I would hope that many people would have stood up and stood up against extremists, against not just the extremists, not just the people, but against the ideology.”