Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

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Barqawi promotes what she calls ‘high-street fashion’ and finds the challenge of adapting to international trends ‘fun’
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Barqawi promotes what she calls ‘high-street fashion’ and finds the challenge of adapting to international trends ‘fun’
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Barqawi promotes what she calls ‘high-street fashion’ and finds the challenge of adapting to international trends ‘fun’
Updated 18 August 2019

Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

  • Barqawi promotes what she calls ‘high-street fashion’
  • Barqawi’s Instagram posts are designed with digital frames to add a unique touch to her content

DUBAI: Between the luxurious fashion statements and international runways, Palestinian-Jordanian Aya Barqawi continues to inspire her followers with thousands of on-budget styles.

“I always try to make people feel inclusive. I want to end this intimidation that comes with fashion,” the Saudi-born blogger told Arab News.

Barqawi promotes what she calls “high-street fashion” and finds the challenge of adapting to international trends “fun.”

“I am looking for new ways to make trends work for me,” she said. “You just need a little bit of creativity and imagination.”

Like many women her age with similar passions, the 24-year-old was unable to study fashion in college because of a lack of opportunity in the Middle East. Now, as a design graduate, she incorporates her field of study with a social media career.

Barqawi’s Instagram posts are designed with digital frames to add a unique touch to her content. “Studying design helped me shape my visual identity on Instagram because I do a lot of graphic work on my photos. It makes it easier for me to create digital content,” she said.

The stylist also worked as a fashion photographer for a brand in Berlin. “I never thought they would pick me over people who are actually from Berlin, who were actually German,” she said. “But my work spoke for itself.”

Barqawi is always looking to motivate other women. “No matter what the field of work you are in, never underestimate yourself. Never second-guess yourself and never compromise your standards for anyone or anything,” she said.

The fashion blogger has also worked in media as a TV producer and segment producer. “I have done digital, I have done TV, so now I am just open to anything that comes my way,” she said.


Double amputee girl debuts on Paris fashion catwalk

Updated 28 September 2019

Double amputee girl debuts on Paris fashion catwalk

  • Daisy-May Demeter was born with fibular hemimelia, where part or all of the bone in the lower leg is missing

PARIS: A British girl who lost both her legs when she was just 18 months old has made her Paris catwalk debut on the Eiffel Tower.
Nine-year-old Daisy-May Demeter from Birmingham walked for a luxury French children’s brand in the show high on the Paris landmark Friday and said the experience “makes me feel pretty and special.”
Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, where part or all of the bone in the lower leg is missing.
She had to have the double amputation while still a baby and later received prosthetic legs on which she learned to walk.

Daisy-May Demeter walks with Eni Hegedus-Buiron creation for Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week. (Reuters)


The Paris show was her third appearance as a model for the label Lulu et Gigi, after New York and London fashion weeks.
Her father Alex Demeter said the disabled community were behind his daughter.
And he said he was not surprised at all the attention.
“I’m not surprised because I know what Daisy is like, she’s an exceptional young girl proving that disability doesn’t hold you back and she’s a great role model for anybody trying to pursue their dreams.
“Any goal she has in her head I think she can achieve, anything she chooses to do. That’s a great feeling as a parent,” Demeter added.
“Obviously coming back from a situation when she was born, when you see no future, where you see no hope ... (now) anything is possible, that’s an amazing thing,” he said after the show.