Tim Cook praises Malala in her Vogue cover interview: “She’s an original”

Nobel prize winner Malala was on the cover of British Vogue recently where she spoke about her life experiences, her time at Oxford, multi-year partnership with Apple TV+, and much more. The interview also saw some comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he praised Malala’s journey and personality.

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Tim Cook on Malala: “I don’t think there’s anyone quite like her”

Regarding her partnership with Apple TV+, Malala told Vogue that her inspiration came from the likes of the Sussexes and the Obamas which encourages her to think of making her own programs. This led her to meet various streaming platforms, but she found Apple TV+ as the stand-out platform.

She had meetings with the major streaming platforms: of course, they were interested – but one stood out. In March, she announced a multi-year partnership with Apple TV+ – also home to Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg – and the launch of a brand-new production company, Extracurricular. “I want these shows to be entertaining and the sort of thing I would watch,” she says of overseeing the early stages of development. “If I don’t laugh at them or enjoy them, I won’t put them on-screen,” she continues, firmly.

Malala also spoke about how she is a huge Ted Lasso fan, one of the most popular and successful shows on Apple TV+, and she had an interesting reason for liking the character too:

So alongside documentaries on serious issues, such as girls’ education and women’s rights, she wants to make comedies – Malala is a huge Ted Lasso fan, partly because the titular star of the Apple TV+ hit has a moustache a bit like her dad’s. She may be a global icon, but she’s also just a young woman who loves a Jamaican takeaway and an episode of Rick and Morty.

The interview also features some comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who spoke to the magazine over a video call to share his positive experience of meeting Malala.

“I don’t think there’s anyone quite like her,” muses Apple CEO Tim Cook over a video call from his office in California. “She’s an original.” He first met Malala in Oxford in 2017, and was instantly impressed. “She has a lifetime of experience in 23 years,” says Cook. “She has the story of her life, all of her accomplishments, and she’s focused on making a difference in the world. She has a North Star, which always impresses me about people. And despite all of this success, she’s humble and really down to earth and just a joy to spend time with. She’s amazing.”

Check out the complete interview here.

Update: Both Tim Cook and Malala also appeared in a YouTube interview for British Vogue where they discuss life after Covid, activism, and learning to code. Check it out below:

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