Malala Yousafzai says she enjoyed 'every moment' at Oxford University

Malala Yousafzai says she enjoyed 'every moment' at Oxford University

June 1, 2021

‘I finally got time to myself’: British Vogue cover star Malala Yousafzai says she enjoyed ‘each and every moment’ at Oxford University including visiting McDonald’s and playing poker

  • Activist and Nobel Prize laureate, 23, made comments in British Vogue interview 
  • She completed her philosophy, politics and economics degree last year
  • Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at the age of 15  

British Vogue cover star Malala Yousafzai has said she enjoyed ‘each and every moment’ at Oxford University including visiting McDonald’s and playing poker.   

The activist and Nobel Prize laureate, 23, made the comments in an interview with British Vogue and features on the cover of the July issue of the magazine.

She completed her philosophy, politics and economics degree at Oxford University last year.

Discussing her time at university, she told the publication: ‘I was excited about literally anything. Going to McDonald’s or playing poker with my friends or going to a talk or an event.

‘I was enjoying each and every moment because I had not seen that much before.’

The activist and Nobel Prize laureate, 23, made the comments in an interview with British Vogue and features on the cover of the July issue of the magazine

Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at the age of 15 after campaigning for girls to be educated in her native Pakistan.

She said she had ‘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’.

‘At university I finally got some time for myself.’

Ms Yousafzai said her fame affected her schooling in Birmingham, where she was educated after leaving Pakistan.

‘People would ask me things like, ‘What was it like when you met Emma Watson, or Angelina Jolie or Obama?” she said.

‘And I wouldn’t know what to say. It’s awkward, because you want to leave that Malala outside the school building, you want to just be a student and a friend.’

Ms Yousafzai, who was pictured on the British Vogue cover in a red headscarf, also discussed the importance of the garment for her culturally.

She completed her philosophy, politics and economics degree at Oxford University last year

‘It’s a cultural symbol for us Pashtuns, so it represents where I come from,’ she said.

‘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.’

See the full feature in the July issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands from Friday.

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