‘I finally have time for myself’: British Vogue cover star Malala Yousafzai says she enjoyed ‘every moment’ at Oxford University, including visiting McDonald’s and playing poker
- Activist and Nobel laureate, 23, made comments in an interview with British Vogue
- Last year she completed her studies in philosophy, politics and economics
- Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at age 15
British Vogue cover star Malala Yousafzai has said she enjoyed “every moment” at Oxford University, including visiting McDonald’s and playing poker.
The 23-year-old activist and Nobel laureate made the comments in an interview with British Vogue and is featured on the cover of the magazine’s July issue.
She completed her studies in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford last year.
Discussing her time in college, she told the she publication: ‘I was enthusiastic about literally everything. Going to McDonald’s or playing poker with my friends or going to a talk or an event.
“I loved every moment, because I hadn’t seen so much before.”
The activist and Nobel laureate, 23, made the comments in an interview with British Vogue and is featured on the cover of the magazine’s July issue
Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at age 15 after campaigning for girls’ education in her native Pakistan.
She said she had “never really been around people my own age because I was recovering from the incident and traveling the world, publishing a book and doing a documentary, and so much happened.”
“At university I finally have some time to myself.”
Ms Yousafzai said her fame influenced her school in Birmingham, where she was educated after she left Pakistan.
“People asked me things like, ‘What was it like when you met Emma Watson, 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 just want to be a student and a friend.’
Ms Yousafzai, who was featured on the cover of British Vogue in a red headscarf, also discussed the garment’s cultural importance to her.
She completed her studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University last year
“It’s a cultural symbol for us Pashtuns, so it represents where I’m from,” she said.
And Muslim girls or Pashtun girls or Pakistani girls, if we follow our traditional dress, we are considered oppressed, or voiceless, or living under the patriarchy.
“I want to tell everyone that within your culture you can have your own voice, and equality in your culture.”
Check out the full article in the July issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands Friday.