The inspirational young Pakistani campaigner for women's rights and girls' education, who was nearly killed by a Taliban gunman a year ago this week, has already been described as one of the world's most influential people.
She has already addressed the United Nations, speaking eloquently about the importance of international efforts to ensure the universal right to an education, particularly for girls.
And she's already received numerous international awards -- including the Sakharov Prize on October 10 -- and is thought to be under serious consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize that will be handed out on October 11.
But the 16-year-old Swat Valley native's appearance this week on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" -- to share her story but also to promote her new book, "I Am Malala," as well as her foundation, The Malala Fund -- has further burnished her charismatic credentials and her reputation among Stewart's followers: the internationally savvy, wise-cracking hipster demographic.
Here's the extended interview:
One of the interview's most moving moments comes after Stewart asks Malala at around the 3:45 mark, "When did you realize that the Taliban had made you a target?"
She recalls that a woman warned her and her father in 2012: "Have you seen on Google that if you search your name...the Taliban have threatened you?"
Then Malala goes on:
Her words met with sustained applause and comedian Stewart asking Malala if her dad -- who was backstage -- "would...be mad if I adopted you? Because you sure are swell."
Her appearance sparked an avalanche of affection from Twitter admirers. Here are a few of them in no particular order:
If Vanity Fair piece on teen girls depressed you, find hope in Stewart's interview with Malala Yousafzai http://t.co/8oRlKvEpWu— Laurence Vincent (@lvincent) October 10, 2013
I took a break from writing to watch Malala Yousafzai on the Daily Show. This clip made me cry. http://t.co/aIIE4oySs7— Sarfraz Manzoor (@sarfrazmanzoor) October 10, 2013
Here's RFE/RL's recent video of "Malala's Story," including her exclusive interview with Radio Mashaal journalist Abdul Hai Kakar:
-- Andy Heil