Hafsa Lodi is an American journalist who has been covering fashion in the Middle East for the past decade. She was born in New York City, and at the age of fourteen relocated to the United Arab Emirates with her family. After completing her undergraduate studies at the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto, Hafsa moved to London for a year, where she earned her master’s degree in Islamic Law at SOAS, University of London.
The relationships between religion, culture and modernity have always fascinated Hafsa, who covered topics like honour killings in Canada’s South Asian communities, the use of DNA evidence in rape cases in Pakistan and the industrialisation of the Holy city of Makkah, before turning to the fashion journalism beat. While living in Dubai, Hafsa has written for The National newspaper, Luxury magazine, Mojeh magazine, Grazia Middle East, GQ Middle East, Arab News, and more in addition to working as an online fashion editor for one of the Middle East’s largest luxury retailers, Boutique 1. Her work has also featured in Teen Vogue, Business Insider and gal-dem.
Her debut non-fiction book Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, launched at the 2020 Emirates Literature Festival. It explores the causes, controversies and key players of the global modest fashion movement, and has been featured by Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (US and Arabia), Cosmo UK, Emirates Woman and more.