How Malala Inspired My Painting

What do I have in common with Nobel Peace Prize winner & advocate Malala Yousafzai? We were both born in Pakistan and we both care about girls' education (albeit, she has risked her life for this cause).

Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace prize winner

Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace prize winner

That's where the commonality ends, but I absolutely admire this daring young woman who is changing the world. I encourage you to check her work out: It is  Women's History Month after all!

My admiration led me to create this painting:

Malala is the youngest recipient and first Pakistani to win the Nobel Peace Prize, hence the title "Nobel Laureate." What a wonderful icon for young girls (and not so young, like myself!) to look up to; she really has raised awareness by bravely speaking up. 

I show the interior of a Pakistani classroom, but with the clothes in Malala's signature pink (rather than the traditional blue & white school uniforms). The view out the window is from a photo I took in one of my favorite places, the Hunza Valley, close to the same region where Malala grew up.