Mo has spent their late teen years working in the retail industry and bumping into the likes of Florence Welch and Tyler, the Creator. Having met so many amazing stars in the industry, it almost feels like a foreshadowing of their career. They have become a spectacle, receiving millions of likes on Tik Tok, and a gracious follow from Arca on Instagram. Mo describes their luck in London in a tumultuous and indifferent tone, but as the years go by, they have found solace in the unpredictability of the future.
Mo’s energy feels incredibly refreshing; their exuberant personality splashes onto their surrounding environment. Their jovial disposition has birthed itself through their retrospective character- giving themselves room to grow, and to not feel pressure to completely solidify their identity. To @m0space, identity is something that is “ever changing” and recurring.
Interviewer: How does it feel to know that the queen, Arca follows you? How did that come about?
Mo: I did a weird cover to “Nonbinary.” In the beginning, [there’s] a metallic drum kind of thing. I was sitting next to the radiator and it sounded like [the drum]. I just did it on Tik Tok and somehow, it got back to Arca. She reposted me on her story and then I went to bed at 11. The next morning, [I had] a DM from her saying, ‘You’re a really cool person.’ I was like, ‘This is it.’ I needed a win. I’ve lost a lot in the last two months, and that was my win.
In terms of the video, I didn’t expect her to see it. I realized [that] I have power. It’s not just going out into the void, so it was kind of scary, but I [thought] it was pretty cool.
Interviewer: I love how photogenic you are. How does one become photogenic? Teach us your ways.
Mo: I only use the beauty filter on Tik Tok- everyone does. I don’t know if photogenicism exists. It’s extremely subjective.
Interviewer: How does a person work on their self-image issues? How do you build up the strength to choose to be confident and happy with yourself?
Mo: It depends on what kind of person you are. I was in the first lockdown going crazy. But then I remembered, none of this stuff matters. There’s no superiority complex that you should follow.
Interviewer: What is happiness to you? What does that look like?
Mo: I don’t take anything seriously, ever. This time, last year, I decided not to take anything seriously, ever again. I was in a place in my life where I stopped caring. We are all going to die. It’s easy to laugh at yourself when it is social media.
Interviewer: Do you remember the first time in your life where you fully perceived yourself?
Mo: I still don’t know what my identity is. I don’t think I will know until I’m 92 years old- if there’s not a World War 3. I don’t know. Identity should ever be changing. Having a childhood where you weren’t allowed to express yourself changes the way you value things.
I find it freeing because I don’t need to know who I am. I’ll just keep playing characters until one fits. It sounds insane, but it’s becoming the best version of yourself where the people around you grow just as well as you can.
Interviewer: What was London like during lockdown?
Mo: I grew a lot during this whole pandemic. Being stuck inside forces you to be with your thoughts. I was able to think. In London, there’s constant noise. You’re always overstimulated.
The first day, coronavirus got me. I was locked in my room and it was a strange time. I slept a lot and once I recovered from the virus, I started getting on Tik Tok and listening to music.
Interviewer: What is it like living in London?
Mo: I’ve lived in between Saudi and the U.K. No one sits down in London; you don’t breathe. It’s like a vacuum. It takes your time, money, [and] energy. London is a place where you will get beat up and robbed, but I’m an idiot and I love it so much.
Interviewer: Tell me about your account, @m0spacecameraroll
Mo: I put everything on that account. I have 40,000 pictures on my camera roll. I don’t like posting on my main because Arca follows me now.
Interviewer: You really with the fashions. How did you get into that?
Interviewer: I first started experimenting with clothes when I started dressing myself at 9 years old. From there, I looked at clothes, but never connected with them. I first came into clothes properly at the end of high school. I started looking into the art form, watching documentaries, and [seeing] what the clothes meant. Clothes can represent things- they can be powerful, soft, [and] anything under the sun.
Interviewer: How does one train their eye to recognize a good piece or sample?
Mo: I have a questionable eye because I always go for the ugliest things. I love things that emulate nature. I like things that are kind of weird. I made a T-shirt that had red yarn dripping down to represent blood. I like those hyper representations of things in clothes. If it’s fun or weird, I like it.
Interviewer: What songs and albums have been inspiring you, lately?
For years, I’ve been listening to this French singer, Edith Piaf. I’ve been listening to her for years now and I don’t know why. People listen to music for different things. I think I listen to music for escapism.
Interviewer: Are you a futurist?
Mo: I hate the future. I don’t want the future to come, ever. As humans, our faces are always shoved to the future. We have no choice.
Interviewer: What artists, albums, and songs have been helping you get through life?
Interviewer: What celebs have you met?
Mo: I got to meet Florence Welch which was insane. A few months before, I had been sitting outside her concert because I didn’t have money to get tickets. I watched through the gaps. The security guy kept putting his hand up and I was like, ‘Come on. Like I’ll just go around to watch on the other side.’
But then I met her at a really fancy store. I was with my friend and all I see is Florence walking by. She was there with Tommy Dorfman and the founder of Dazed Beauty. She drew a little picture for me- a heart. She wrote a few lyrics from “Dog Days Are Over” on a piece of paper.
Interviewer: Who else?
Mo: I met Tyler, the Creator. I was working and Tyler came into the store. He bought one pair of white socks and one pair of brown socks. He had an American credit card, so he had to sign for it. I think he thought I wanted his signature, but I played it chill. I asked him to see some ID. He posted on Instagram an album cover and it says, ‘Tyler, the Creator’ on it. He pulled that out and signed it. It was a scary moment. At that time, I was going through a huge Tyler, the Creator phase. No one believes me that any of this stuff happens.
Interviewer: What do you want to accomplish this year?
Mo: [I want to] stop eating McDonald’s unnecessarily, cut down on consumerism, [and] actually start making things that are tangible. Now that I have a platform, I should make use of that.