Malala Yousafzai is genuinely awesome.
Nearly three years ago, a gunman tried to kill her as she travelled to school.She had already become well known for advocating education for girls, and the Taliban didn’t like it. Amazingly she survived being shot in the head, and has since gone on to defy those who wanted her dead.
The 18-year-old, from northwest Pakistan, is the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize, and Time magazine has named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. And her talents don’t end with her spectacular human rights either – it turns out she’s pretty handy at magic tricks as well.
She appeared on The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert this week, and showed off a hidden talent.
Malala ‘incorrectly’ guessed which card the host was thinking of, before turning the tables on him and revealing the correct one. Once he was done performing his own “card trick” (that got him a big laugh from his guest), he asked Malala if she could match him. And so she did.
It was a great moment. We’ll let you watch the video below to know how the rest of the trick went:
And it isn’t just Stephen Colbert who was left floored by the 18-year-old.
It seems actor Arjun Kapoor was so happy to see Malala at the at the Global Citizen Festival in New
York last week that he went ahead and asked her for a picture – he’s usually the one being asked.
Here’s what the 2 States star tweeted:
He wasn’t the only Bollywood actor to be Malala-struck. Youngistaan hero Jackky Bhagnani was invited to the New York premiere of the documentary He Named Me Malala last week, despite having embarrassingly misspelt the Pakistani teen’s name ‘Masala’ in a tweet last year.
Nevertheless, Jackky received a special invite and even tweeted pictures of his meeting with Malala and her family:
Meanwhile, David Beckham posted a picture of his chance meeting with Malala on a flight. It was Becks who had presented Malala with the Pride of Britain Award two years ago. Calling Malala “a true role model,” here’s the picture he posted on Instagram: