I still don’t understand why people have to get married. Why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?

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Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize-winning Pakistani student and social activist, graced the cover of the British fashion magazine Vogue. Malala Yousafzai has been selected for the cover of Vogue Magazine’s July issue.

Yesterday, Malala shared a photo on the cover of a fashion magazine in which she tweeted, “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.”

Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban in Oct 2012 when she was 15 years old after campaigning for girls in Pakistan, to have equal rights to education. At 17 years, she became the youngest Nobel laureate, receiving the prize for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

The 23-year-old has recently opened up in an interview with a British magazine about family and love. Malala told British Magazine Vogue that as though all her friends are looking for partners, she’s not sure if that’s what she wants. “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?” she said.

Her views on marriage have met with a mixed reaction from people. Social media users reminding Malala of her Pashtoon origin and calling out for ‘promoting western culture’. Still, there were many others who defended her against the criticism.

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