British boy band One Direction landed in South African on Thursday minus one member, Zayn Malik, who – to the horror of fans everywhere – quit the band last night. AAISHA DADI PATEL explains why teenage girls throughout the land are sobbing themselves to sleep tonight.
Based in Johannesburg, Aaisha has been a part of the Daily Vox team since its inception in 2014. She holds a master’s degree in media studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research and reporting interests include gender and representations of Muslim women in the media, although she’s covered everything from politics to polar bears.