Indian-born, South African-raised and Dubai-based Farhana Bodi is an Instagram star, founder of ‘I Woman of the World’ lifestyle blog and occasional model. If she’s not jumping on a flight to London for fashion week (she took to the LFW runway earlier this year to open for regional label Atelier Zuhra), she’s heading to the Cannes red carpet, New York for beauty projects or Switzerland for skiing and downtime.
With Covid-19 restrictions still in place and no flights to board, Bodi reflects on the people and possessions that continue to mean the most to her…
My parrot, Osama: “A one of a kind African Grey, he’s super funny and talkative and thoroughly keeps me entertained when I return home from traveling. I have come to realize that pets are incredibly faithful and loyal and bring so much unconditional love and joy to our lives. I wish we as humans could learn some of these traits.”
My dog: “Kiara is my beautiful Husky who lives in my family home back in South Africa. She is not only brave, protective and charming but also super intelligent and is treated just like any other member of our family. I really miss her a lot right now and only wish she was with me in Dubai. However, I’m also happy to know she is comfortable back home with the rest of my family.”
Happy Heart bracelet: “I rarely take this bracelet off – it was a gift from my special friend Caroline, who saw me one day and simply took it off her wrist and put it onto mine. She said: ‘This is my blessing and my good luck for you.’ Since I have worn it, her positive energy and love has seen me evolve in life both personally and professionally. I cherish loyalty and friendship more than material possessions as its these emotions that make life more beautiful. Caroline is someone whose energy and friendship is something I want in my life forever.”
Heart pillow: “This is not just any pillow: it was a gift from my husband and son and has a heartwarming story behind the photo that’s embedded in it, so it really does mean the world to me. My husband and I were married by the Islamic traditions but we did not have any wedding celebrations as my father was ill during that time. Although I never got to have the ‘wedding of my dreams,’ we renewed our vows during a family holiday in the Maldives and my husband inserted one of the moments from that trip onto this pillow. What makes this even more special is that our son was there to celebrate with us and those moments will be forever etched in the ocean of my memories.”
Aydin’s 1st birthday photo frame: “Being a mother is a blessing and a feeling I’m sure most women want to experience. I wake up every day to pictures of my son when he was one-year-old and it brings me immense joy, confidence and a warm feeling that as a woman, I have accomplished so much. Giving birth to this bundle of joy has literally changed my life.”
A photo with my brother: “I was a complete tomboy back in my childhood days! I used to love playing cricket with my brother; as you can see in this picture I have his helmet on – these moments were so precious. When I see this picture it takes me back to my carefree childhood and makes me feel blessed to have such an amazing family. The current global pandemic has made us reevaluate our priorities and value our family, close friends and loved one’s…life is so transient and can change at any moment.”