[Image: Yassmin Abdel-Magied shot by Atong Atem. Creative direction by Grace Dlabik.]
This profile originally appeared in the print edition of BE. MAG — BOSS.
26-year-old Yassmin Abdel-Magied arrives right on time, make-up on point and with a huge grin on her face. “Man, I really need to pack my house,” she says when she greets us, “you know anyone looking for furniture?”
Yassmin is in town for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and to pack for her imminent move to London. Since a Facebook post gone awry in 2016, she’s been at the centre of a lot of controversy—and hate mail. Yet despite being named the “most hated Muslim in Australia”, she’s nothing but warm, generous and good humoured when we chat to her over coffee.
With so many accolades under her belt, Yassmin would be an inspiring feature guest for any BE. topic. She’s a feminist, engineer, activist, writer and all-round high achiever. She was the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, founded Youth Without Borders when she was only 16 years old, and released a memoir by 22. When we told her that our next issue was ‘BOSS’, she immediately lit up. “I’m totally a boss,” she said, “in the B.A.W.S.E sense of the word”. Read More