Malala Portrait To Go On Display At National Portrait Gallery

Category: Media & Culture / Sep 11, 2013 4:19PM EDT

A portrait of Pakistani shooting victim and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai is to go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery.

Artist Jonathan Yeo spoke on Wednesday (September 11) about his inspiration for the portrait.

"I sort of had the sense of this kind of fragile, but also this incredibly, quietly intense, wise, calm, burning intelligence. And there's a sort of dichotomy there, which is quite extraordinary and quite magical," he said.

The 16-year-old was shot at close range by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 as she left school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, northwest of the country's capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education.

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