British Vogue for its July volume has featured Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on the cover. The Oxford graduate shared that she is ‘thrilled and humbled’ by this opportunity.
She took to Instagram to share a galnce at the Vogue cover. In her caption, she wrote, “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”.
The cover reads “The extraordinary life of Malala. Survivor, activist and legend”, and features a picture of Yousafzai in a red custom Stella McCartney outfit.
“I had never really been in the company of people my own age because I was recovering from the incident [the Taliban’s attempt on her life], and travelling around the world, publishing a book and doing a documentary, and so many things were happening. At university I finally got some time for myself,” she shared about her college life at Oxford.
Malala also revealed her feelings towards the idea of marriage and received backlash on the internet. She said, “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?”
Talking about the tradiotional headscarf she wears, Malala said, “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”.
Malala Yousafzai graduated from Oxford last year with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize till date. She advocates education for children and has shared she is friends with climate activist Greta Thunberg and gun control campaigner Emma González, who often seek her advice.