A portrait by one of Britain’s leading portrait painters, Jonathan Yeo, has an estimated value of $60,000 to $80,000. What’s so special about the portrait? It happens to have one of the most widely known icons of our generation, Malala Yousafzai.
If you don’t know who Malala Yousafzai is, then you ought to learn up. Malala was only a young girl when she became an activist for rights to education and rights for women. At the young age of 11, she began blogging about her life under Taliban rule. This was so powerful that in 2009, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life. Her actions were seen as unacceptable and in 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunman in an attempt to murder her. The strong young lady survived and continues to fight for what she believes in.
The canvas, which measures nearly one meter by one meter, has been on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
“The funds raised will support the work of the Malala Fund, including helping young Syrian refugees in Jordan and girls freed from child labor now attending school in Pakistan,” said Malala. “I hope that whoever buys the painting knows that their generosity will directly help children in some of the most challenging environments in the world.”
Yeo met Malala back in 2013 and painted the young girl in Britain. “I hope the painting reflects the slight paradox of someone with enormous power yet vulnerability and youth at the same time,” he said.