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I Know The Power That A Young Girl Carries: Malala Yousafzai On British Vogue’s July Cover

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Malala on Vogue cover: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize, became the cover star for British magazine Vogue in its 2021 July edition. The Oxford University graduate also shared the cover through her social media accounts on early Wednesday.

“Thrilled and humbled to be on the cover of @britishvogue!” Yousafzai shared on Instagram. “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,” she added.

The publication revealed the 23-year-old Pakistani education activist is featured on their cover star in July’s edition: Malala on Vogue cover

The cover features Yousafzai in a red headscarf, she has also discussed the importance of the garment in the feature, as it represents her culture. Calling the attire a “cultural symbol” for Pashtuns like her, she noted it represents where she comes from.

The activist also said that when the Muslim or Pakistani girls follow the traditional dress code, they are 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”, said Yousafzai in an interview, ANI reported.

The author/activist in an interview with the magazine said that she enjoyed every moment at Oxford University including visiting McDonald’s and playing poker. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the prestigious university in the UK last year.

She also mentioned how she had never really been in the company of people her own age. She reasoned, “I was recovering from the incident, 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.”

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In 2018, she received an award from Harvard University for her ground-breaking work promoting girls’ education.

In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a bullet by a Taliban gunman at the age of 15 on her way back home from school in the Swat District. She was targeted for speaking out about the girls’ rights in her region. After the Taliban attack, she became an advocate for girls’ education. She is also the co-founder of the Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation for the same cause.

Feature Image Credit: Vogue