Ever since she was a child, every aspect of Julia Haart’s life—what she wore, what she ate, what she thought—was controlled by the dictates of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. At nineteen, after a lifetime spent caring for her seven younger siblings, she was married off to a man she barely knew. For the next twenty-three years, her marriage would rule her life. Eventually, when Haart’s younger daughter, Miriam, started to innocently question why she wasn’t allowed to sing in public, run in shorts, or ride a bike without being covered from neck to knee, Haart reached a breaking point. She knew that if she didn’t find a way to leave, her daughters would be forced into the same unending servitude that had imprisoned her.
Julia Haart is the CEO, co-owner, and chief creative officer of Elite World Group, the world’s first talent media agency, which is composed of forty-eight global agencies representing the most dynamic and culturally connected talent in the world. She was previously the creative director of the Italian luxury intimates brand La Perla and launched her career as a designer with her namesake shoe collection. Haart is the star of the Netflix docuseries My Unorthodox Life. She lives in New York City.
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