Malala Yousafzai needs no introduction because a lot has been said and written about her. For many she is a symbol of hope, a phoenix that was raised from the ashes of a distressed land, and for others she remains a mystery that is being unraveled in the name of power. But for us, we still see her as that girl who amassed fame for being shot in the head by the Taliban when she was 14 years old and miraculously surviving it later. But this is not all what Malala’s accomplishments are as one of worlds most celebrated 20 year old; here are a few facts about her that you maybe didn’t know.

  • She used to read “The Wizard of Oz” when she was in hospital after being shot to deal with the headaches and lack of focus.
  • She has an asteroid officially named after her, “316201 Malala”.
  • She as honorary citizenship from Canada.

  • She’s on the Yousafzai family tree which usually includes names of the male members of a family.
  • She has been listed as Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens.
  • She as Face Time(d) with Justin Beiber.

  • While growing up, she liked to steal jewelry and trinkets which became a compulsion but she was later punished for it.
  • She used to write blogs for BBC under the pen name “Gul Makai” about her life ruled by the Taliban.
  • She is a designated UN Messenger of Peace.
  • Madonna at the MDNA Tour dedicated her song “Human Nature” to Malala.

Written by Faryal Syed
Asst Editor. Blogger. Enthusiast.