Malala Yousafzai brings shalwar kameez to British Vogue cover, talks about marriage, relationship, and women’s strength
When asked about love and relationships at first, Malala seemed embarrassed and hesitated to answer questions about love.
British Vogue chose Pakistan’s shining star Malala Yousafzai for the magazine’s July cover and Pakistanis are so proud. The Pakistani activist has set the Vogue cover on fire with courageous pictures and a heartfelt interview.
Rightfully enough, Malala’s interview with British Vogue is titled “I Know The Power A Young Girl Carries In Her Heart: The Extraordinary Life Of Malala”. To share her happiness with her followers, Malala took to Instagram to share some portraits of herself from the British Vogue Cover’s July issue. The passionate activist captioned the pictures with:
Thrilled and humbled to be on the cover of British Vogue. 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.
Details about Malala Yousafzai’s Vogue Interview
The interview talks about Malala’s life after she graduates from Oxford University, her big plans for her future, love, and marriage.
Love and Marriage
When asked about love and relationships at first, Malala seemed embarrassed and hesitated to answer questions about love. The author describes Malala’s state as “torturing a kitten”. However, towards the end of the interview, Malala addressed the subject and put forward questions that must concern an intelligent 23-year-old.
Questioning the reasoning behind marriage and relationships, Malala Yousafzai said:
It is difficult to be certain that the person you choose is worth the trust. Especially [in terms of] thinking about relationships. You know, on social media, everyone’s sharing their relationship stories, and you get worried…If you can trust someone or not, [and] how can you be sure.
The Pakistani activist talked about her parent’s arranged marriage and asked:
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?
Malala laughed and further shared:
My mother keeps telling me about the beauty of marriage and how my father gets emails from suitors who talk about how they have land and money and want to marry me.
University Days and Future Plans
Talking about applying to Oxford University, Malala said:
I wanted to be seen as ‘any other student’. When I started university in 2017, my college principal offered to write an email to other students who would interact with me, informing them ‘to respect Malala’s privacy’. But I didn’t want them to see me as someone they saw on television and wanted to be in the company of people my own age. At college, I went out and ‘every moment’, hung out with friends, stayed up late, and shopped. Everyone came to hang out at my place because I would have snacks and be incredibly hospitable – a nod to my Pashtun culture.
On the work front, Malala revealed that she is currently working with Apple+. The details of her work haven’t been disclosed yet, but Malala said:
I will create content that will make people laugh and enjoy themselves. I want these shows to be entertaining and the sort of thing I would watch.
Answering a question about her headscarf Malala Yousafzai said:
It is more than my faith. 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.
She concluded the statement by saying:
I want to tell everyone that you can have your own voice within your culture, and you can have equality in your culture, even with a headscarf.
Malala Yousafzai’s British Vogue interview also included short statements from Michelle Obama, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, and Malala’s best friend.
Click here to read Malala’s full British Vogue interview.
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