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Malala Yousafzai trolled for unverified photo of her ‘wearing jeans, heels’

Many users said they thought it was a picture of porn star Mia khalifa and not of Malala Yousafza

world Updated: Oct 18, 2017 12:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Malala Yousafzai is pictured during a meeting with students of the Telmex-Telcel Foundation at the National Auditorium in Mexico City.(AFP File Photo)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was trolled on social media after an unverified photograph circulating online purportedly showed her wearing skinny jeans and heels.

Many users said on Tuesday it looked like a picture of pornstar Mia khalifa and not of Yousafzai, who was shot at by Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ education in Pakistan.

Facebook user Awaiz Nawaz commented on the image that apparently shows Yousafzai wearing jeans, heels and a bomber jacket: “I thought she was Mia khalifa.”

The photo appeared in a newspaper in Pakistan, a journalist tweeted.

A user named Fawad Khan said on Facebook “mission completed from Pathan to secular oxfordian (sic)” while another user called the activist a “foreign agent” who won’t be accepted by Pakistan.

However, hundreds of other responses drowned out the clammer of the trolls and defended Yousafzai’s right to wear what she wants. Some lamented that it was a sad state of affairs that there was a controversy over the Nobel peace laureates clothes.

Hindustan Times could not independently verify the photograph. A reverse image search online did not return any results.

Yousafzai, 20, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, alongside Indian Kailash Satyarthi, for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

In October, the young activist, who now lives in the UK, started classes for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford. She had tweeted a picture of three books and captioned it, “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”

Yousafzai became a symbol of bravery after being targeted by Taliban when she was just 15. She said she got a “second life” following her surgery and rehabilitation in Birmingham. Apart from the being the youngest Nobel prize winner, she is also the author of ‘I am Malala’ that documents her fight against the militant group and her journey from a remote valley in Pakistan to Britain.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 11:43 IST