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Hadley Clare Freeman (born 15 May 1978)[1][2] is an American British journalist based in London.[3]

Hadley Freeman
Hadley Clare Freeman

(1978-05-15) 15 May 1978 (age 41)
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
EducationCambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford
Known forJournalist, author

Early life

Freeman was born in New York City to a Jewish family. Her father worked in finance.[4][5] The family moved to London when Freeman was eleven.[6]

Freeman suffered from anorexia and was treated in a psychiatric unit during six different periods between ages 13 and 17.[7] After taking her A-level examinations while boarding at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies,[2] she read English Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford and edited Cherwell.[8]


After a year in Paris, she worked on the fashion desk of The Guardian for eight years.[9] Freeman is a columnist and writer for The Guardian newspaper and contributes to the UK version of Vogue.[10]

Freeman has written several books: The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable, in 2009;[11] Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies in 2013,[12] described as "a detailed attack on how women are both portrayed and conditioned to act in public life";[13] and Life Moves Pretty Fast, in 2015.[14]

Following an article for The Guardian in July 2013 criticising misogynistic behaviour, Freeman received a bomb threat on Twitter.[15]


In June 2018, Freeman denounced the treatment of undocumented child immigrants arriving in America, drawing parallels with her grandmother's experience of escaping from the Holocaust. Freeman described it as deliberate cruelty by the Trump administration, and a reflection of latent racism amongst its supporters.[16]

Personal life

Freeman often discusses cinema, particularly from the 1980s, in her articles and occasionally in broadcasts. She has said that her favourite film is Ghostbusters from 1984[17] and that she has a collection of related books and articles.[18]


  1. ^ Freeman, Hadley (12 May 2018). "I can't wait to turn 40. After four decades of getting things wrong, I know some stuff". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Alumni Profiles". Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  3. ^ Freeman, Hadley (4 July 2012). "Cricket and other baffling British habits". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ Groskop, Viv (19 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies, by Hadley Freeman – review". The Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ Freeman, Hadley (6 November 2012). "Sick of US news? Don't worry: there are lots of other things to discuss". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ Gil, Natalie; Forster, Katie (4 November 2012). "Interview: Hadley Freeman". The Tab. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ Freeman, Hadley (25 November 2017). "It wasn't feminist theory that cured my anorexia – it was having something to eat for". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ Levy Gale, Sadie (10 August 2013). "Interview: Hadley Freeman — How to be Awesome". Cherwell. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ Freeman, Hadley (10 May 2013). "I was banned from a slew of shows and never brushed my hair: Hadley Freeman's life as a fashion misfit". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Hadley Freeman". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  11. ^ Freeman, Hadley (5 February 2009). The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-670-01867-3.
  12. ^ Freeman, Hadley (25 April 2013). Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-007-48570-3.
  13. ^ Lipman, Jennifer (30 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  14. ^ Ellen, Barbara (17 May 2015). "Life Moves Pretty Fast review – a funny, absorbing study of 80s Hollywood". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  15. ^ Batty, David (1 August 2013). "Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  16. ^ Freeman, Hadley (19 June 2018). "Donald Trump's child cruelty shocks us, but it shouldn't surprise us". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  17. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "My favourite film: Ghostbusters". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  18. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "Why I owe it all to 1980s movies". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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