‘Survivor, Activist, Legend’: British Vogue Features Malala Yousafzai for July 2021 Cover

Malala Yousafzai

British Vogue magazine announced Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai as their cover feature for July 2021.

Announcement and contents: The announcement on Tuesday features the 23-year-old activist’s picture taken by photographer Nick Knight, Geo News reported.

  • Titled “The extraordinary life of Malala. Survivor, activist, legend,” the announcement revealed some of the contents included in the July 2021 issue.
  • British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful described Yousafzai as “world’s most famous university graduate” who has “already lived so many lives” as “Activist, author, tireless campaigner for girls’ education, daughter, sister, student and survivor.”
  • In an interview with British Vogue contributor Sirin Kale, Yousafzai shared how the headscarf she was wearing on the cover is a cultural symbol for Pashtuns and represents where she came 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,” she told Kale. “I want to tell everyone that you can have your own voice within your culture, and you can have equality in your culture.”

Who is Malala Yousafzai: Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan, and attended the same girls’ school in Swat Valley where her father taught, according to her biography at her foundation Malala Fund.

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  • The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan took over Swat Valley in 2008, where they enforced strict prohibitions such as owning a television and playing music. The girls in their city were also barred from attending school.
  • At 15, Yousafzai became an outspoken activist for girls’ education. She survived an assassination attempt in October 2012 while she was on her way home from school.
  • She woke up 10 days after the attempt at a hospital in Birmingham, England. Yousafzai also had to undergo countless surgeries for her injury and rehabilitation.
  • Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2014 for their efforts to speak out on children’s rights, according to Britannica.
  • She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford in 2018 and graduated in 2020.

Featured Image via @malala

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