Mademoiselle Meme has been honored by Vogue magazine to be selected as one of the VogueWorld 100. The VogueWorld 100 list aims to highlight 100 creatives internationally who are reinventing their respective narratives and artistic landscapes.
Find the excerpt from Meme’s interview below, along with more information on the #VogueWorld 100 project.
“The VogueWorld 100, which debuts today, is a curated list of distinctive creative voices from around the globe, encompassing actors, artists, musicians, athletes, stylists, activists, chefs, choreographers, videographers, beauty fanatics, glamour girls, and wonderful weirdos of every stripe. Overseen by Visual Editor Samantha Adler (who always unearths magic in the crevices and dark corners of the Interweb), this project involved the entire digital team at Vogue and is a pure compendium of our inspirations and preoccupations. From a champion hijabi figure skater in the United Arab Emirates, to a young girl in Dallas who sketches runway looks with flair and precision, every person on this list is a mesmerizing mix of pure talent, wild style, and enormous dazzle. We were honored to collaborate with them on the exclusive images and videos that tell their stories.
Today the landscapes of fashion and culture are being radically reimagined, fueled largely by a global groundswell of new talent. Meet 100 creative voices we find riveting.”
Taken from Vogue: “Discreet Chic: How 3 Women Are Defining Modest Dressing in the U.A.E., Kuwait, and the U.S.“:
Marwa “Meme” Biltagi, who is a regular at Fashion Week and runs her blog Mademoiselle Meme, shares a similar sentiment. “I think modest dressing is sometimes associated only with Muslim or Middle Eastern women,” she says. “But looking at the runways, especially at gender-fluid pieces like oversize shirts, boxy blazers, and head scarves—like at Marc Jacobs [Spring 2018]—these are all very modest options. It’s not just religious dress or for religious people,” she continues. “I learned modest dressing from my mother, who is Irish and became Muslim later in life. Her modest dressing was a style choice growing up in Dublin in the ’60s and ’70s. Modest fashion is for everyone. I gravitate towards pieces with structure, like a tailored pantsuit, or pieces with different textures like sequins, silks, feathers, patent leathers, or even fur, to add dimension.”
Biltagi, who is Palestinian, now lives in Palo Alto, where the “uniform” is typically jeans and a sweatshirt. You won’t see her trying that look anytime soon—but the city has rubbed off on her in other ways. “Living in Silicon Valley has made me more conscious of the issue of ethical fashion,” she says. “I have Stanford University, tech start-ups, and fashion brands like Everlane at my doorstep, which introduce me to ideas about how to better the industry.” And despite Silicon Valley’s less-than-stylish reputation, Biltagi says she feels free to wear even her boldest pieces. “In my experience, fashion is most expressive in America,” she says. “There are no rules, and I can be my true self.”