Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year, may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday but she will undoubtedly continue to be a force on the world stage advocating education for girls.
Her near-death experience and her eloquence and bravery in the face of ongoing threats has inspired fans worldwide, including Jon Stewart, who gushed during her appearance this week on The Daily Show: "I don't know where you came from, but I sure am glad you're here."
Until the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was announced as the winner, Malala was the favorite to win.
Yet some were unsure if they wanted her to win:
When she didn't win, many were shocked:
Others saw it as a blessing in disguise:
In the lead up to the Nobel Prize announcement, many worried about the pressure it would put Malala under, from concerns over who was influencing her to concerns that she wasn't getting the time to be a "normal teenager."
It is often easy to forget that Malala, so strong and put together, is also a teenager. What makes her so extraordinary is the very thing we seem to forget: she is only 16 years old, something hard enough on its own without being an international peace icon, a target of the Taliban and the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Speaking to the BBC, Malala explained that she misses her friends and her home in Pakistan:
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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