‘Vogue’ cover star Malala Yous

Malala Yousafzai on the cover of British Vogue. Image via Instagram @BritishVogue

‘Vogue’ cover star Malala Yousafzai on headscarves and McDonald’s

British Vogue describes their latest cover star – the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, as a ‘survivor, activist, legend’. Here is her extraordinary story.

‘Vogue’ cover star Malala Yous

Malala Yousafzai on the cover of British Vogue. Image via Instagram @BritishVogue

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai graces the cover of the esteemed British Vogue magazine for their July issue with an incredible story to tell.


Malala Yousafzai is a 23-year-old Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at the tender age of 17 in 2014 after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. 

At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai began campaigning for a woman’s right to education.In October 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai while she was travelling home from school. After the incident, she continued to speak out on the importance of education and in 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations (UN) and wrote a book titled I Am Malala.

“When it comes to people I admire, Malala Yousafzai is right at the top,” said editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful.


While attending university, the activist said that due to the incident she didn’t really spend time with people her own age, so she was excited for everything, including McDonald’s.

“I was excited about literally anything. Going to McDonald’s or playing poker with my friends or going to a talk or an event,” said Yousafzai to Vogue.

“(I have) never really been in the company of people my own age because I was recovering from the incident, and travelling around the world, publishing a book and doing a documentary, and so many things were happening,” she continued. 

Since then she has completed her degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the Oxford University in England. 


The cover is titled “the extraordinary life of Malala – survivor, activist, legend”, as she appears in a fiery red shirt and a matching headscarf by Stella McCartney.

The headscarf comes with a message, the 23-year-old states that for Pakistani girls a headscarf is often associated with oppression and patriarchy but she wants everyone to know that you can have both a voice and equality within your culture. 

“It’s a cultural symbol for us Pashtuns, so it represents where I come from,” said Yousafzai to Vogue.

“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 continued.

“I want to tell everyone that you can have your own voice within your culture, and you can have equality in your culture,” she added. 

The cover images were shot by artist Nick Knight. Here’s a look at the others. 


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