Malala is the cover star British Vogue’s July issue, in which she talks about her dreams, her programmes, wearing a headscarf, and more.
Recall that the Pastikani is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history; she began campaigning for girls’ rights in Pakistan as an 11-year-old, a heroic activism which almost got her killed.
In this Vogue issue titled “The Extraordinary Life Of Malala,” she shares insights into her lifestyle, her programmes. See the excerpts:
On where she sees herself in 10 years’ time:
This is a question I have for myself every night. Lying awake in bed for hours thinking, ‘What am I going to do next? Where do I live next? Should I continue to live in the UK, or should I move to Pakistan, or another country?
The second question is, who should I be living with? Should I live on my own? Should I live with my parents? I’m currently with my parents, and my parents love me, and Asian parents especially, they want their kids to be with them forever.
About her headscarf:
I wear it more when I’m outside and in public. At home, it’s fine. If I’m with friends, it’s fine. 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.
On her forthcoming programmes:
I want these shows to be entertaining and the sort of thing I would watch. If I don’t laugh at them or enjoy them, I won’t put them on-screen
Describing Malala, Apple CEO Tim Cook says,
I don’t think there’s anyone quite like her. She’s an original. She has a lifetime of experience in 23 years,” says Cook. “She has the story of her life, all of her accomplishments, and she’s focused on making a difference in the world.
She has a North Star, which always impresses me about people. And despite all of this success, she’s humble and really down to earth and just a joy to spend time with. She’s amazing.
Read the complete article on Vogue.
Also check out the editorial spread: