David Beckham brightened up a very special 16-year-old’s day at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London last week.
The former soccer player and current UNICEF ambassador presented the Teenager of Courage Award to Malala Yousafzai, a brave Pakistani activist campaigning for women's education in the country.
David, who is a human rights advocate himself, told Malala that he felt “privileged” to present this award to her.
“You’re an amazing young lady whose story has moved millions,” he said.
Malala made headlines last year after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she was returning home from school. The fundamentalist group had caught wind of her efforts to promote girls’ schooling and was hoping to silence her.
Since then, Malala has made a full recovery and continues to fight for women's rights through a United Nations campaign. She has received multiple awards and even a nomination for this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her courage and global impact.
Aside from the soccer icon, other famed faces like Angelina Jolie and Queen Rania of Jordan have also pledged the young activist’s campaign.