Hafsa is an award-winning American journalist and author who has been covering fashion and culture in the Middle East for more than a decade. She earned her BA from the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto and MA in Islamic Law from SOAS, University of London. The relationships between religion, culture, and modernity have always fascinated Hafsa, who covered topics like honor killings in Canada’s South Asian communities and the use of DNA evidence in rape, before turning to the fashion journalism beat. Her work has appeared in Vogue Arabia, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, The Independent, Business Insider, Luxury, Mojeh, The National, Grazia Middle East, GQ Middle East, Arab News, Gal-Dem, and more.
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 from cultural, political, religious, and feminist lenses.
Hafsa's motivations lie in debunking stereotypes and rectifying misconceptions that impact Muslim women. As a KETISH contributor, she will be helping to lift the lid on subjects often colored with stigma in the community while promoting female empowerment within a framework of faith. You can follow her work and connect with Hafsa @hafsalodi.