Malala Yousafzai is an executive producer on the short film 'Stranger at the Gate', which was nominated for the Best Documentary Short Film category.
The youngest Nobel Prize Winner in history, Malala Yousafzai, made her Oscars debut in 2023 beside her husband, Asser Malik. The Pakistani female education activist looked stunning as her ensemble for the night was as dazzling as the champagne-gold carpet at the Dolby Theatre. She wore a silver sequined gown by Ralph Lauren with a hood, long sleeves, and a cinched detail on one side of the waist. She accessorized only with a large silver diamond ring and a gold ring with a large emerald from Santi Jewels, she kept her makeup minimal and added a pop of color with bright red lips, as per Harpers Bazaar.
Malik, next to her, looked dapper in a classic black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, and black loafers. Yousafzai's arrival at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles comes after she also attended the second annual South Asian Excellence pre-Oscars celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios last week. She was also at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon (where she was photographed chatting with Tom Cruise) back in February. These appearances can be seen because the activist and author is an executive producer on Joshua Seftel's short film Stranger at the Gate, which was nominated in the Best Documentary Short Film category.
The 29-minute film tells the story of a former US Marine, originally from Indiana, who goes to war for his country and is deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After his return from the war, he suffers from PTSD and turns into an Islamophobe.
"To believe that people can change — and to be willing to change ourselves — is our best hope for a better world. I am so proud of @strangeratthegate and the people who made it. Please share our film with your friends and family," Yousafzai wrote in an Instagram post last week.
As per PEOPLE, Yousafzai was also jokingly asked by Oscars 2023 host Jimmy Kimmel from her seat in the audience at the Dolby Theatre about the supposed saliva-fueled beef between Don't Worry Darling co-stars Chris Pine and Harry Styles, a rumor that has been refuted by Pine recently. "Your work on human rights and education for women and children is an inspiration. As the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history, I was wondering, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?" Kimmel, 55, reading a supposed question from a fan. "I only talk about peace," Yousafzai responded to the host as her fellow audience members laughed.
Born in Mingora, Pakistan, Yousafzai was 15 when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the face in 2012. Despite the injury, she never ceased to fight for girls' education, going on to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. "Eight years after she received the #NobelPeacePrize @Malala continues to stand up for girls' rights to education," the official Twitter account for the esteemed prize wrote in honor of her birthday, going on to share a special message she wrote when she visited the Nobel Institute in Norway back in 2014.
"I will continue my fight for the education of every child," she wrote in the message, adding, "I will not stop until I see every child in school."
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