In between speaking at the United Nations and being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, climate activist – and former British Vogue cover star – Greta Thunberg has been cropping up on a number of famous Instagram pages recently. There was her recent cameo on Leonardo DiCaprio’s account, with the Oscar winner referring to her as a “leader for own time” in a post. Now, she’s hanging out with Malala Yousafzai at Oxford University, where the latter is currently in her third year as a student.
“Thank you, @gretathunberg,” is how Malala succinctly captioned a photograph of the two of them on a bench together – although on Twitter she got a little more candid. “She’s the only friend I’d skip school for.” Thunberg was at the university to give a speech at Lady Margaret Hall, but made time afterwards to visit her fellow change-maker.
Thunberg’s verdict on the meeting? “So… today I met my role model. What else can I say?” The 17 year old may become the 18th female in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 after being nominated for a second year running – while Malala became the youngest person ever to receive the honour in 2017 for her fight for universal access to education.
“With my subfuse academic dress at the ready, pre-reading completed and new walking boots waiting in my wardrobe, I started my first week at Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall,” Malala wrote of her own educational experience at the academic institution in British Vogue’s November 2018 issue. “I had long lists of books to read and many essays to write to keep up with my Philosophy, Politics and Economics course. Along with studies, you also want to socialise – to hear speakers, go to balls, cheer at sporting events… I made wonderful new friends, and I had too many overscheduled days.” Friends like Greta, it seems, are more than worth being overscheduled for.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk