When Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person in history to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, she was no doubt inundated with notes on congratulations from around the world.
But the 17-year-old would be forgiven for not immediately recognising the support of supermodel Naomi Campbell, who took to twitter hours after the ceremony to add to her thoughts on the occasion.
The 44-year-old fashion icon appeared to fall foul of autocorrect, spelling the Pakistani teenager’s name “malaria” and drawing an instant chorus of dismay from eagle-eyed Twitter users. Ms Campbell’s offending tweet, which was still on the site more than seven hours after being posted, also included a link to an instagram picture of the women’s education campaigner.
On the picture Ms Yousafzai is quoted: “I speak not for myself but for those without a voice – those who have fought for their right to live in peace.”
But once again the supermodel misspelt her name, tagging @malaria, an unknown instagram user, in the post instead of the new Nobel laureate.
The peace prize was awarded jointly to Malala and Kailash Satyarthi from India, “For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim – an Indian and a Pakistani – to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” the judges said in a statement. As a teenager Malala living in Pakistan’s Swat Valley when she was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 as punishment for her high profile campaign to encourage girls to go to school.
A year later she was living in Britain, having staged a remarkable recovery thanks to surgeons in Birmingham, and has become an international role model for young people.