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After ‘Unorthodox,’ new Netflix show follows ex-Haredi fashion mogul

‘My Unorthodox Life’ tells the story of Julia Haart, who left her Haredi community and became a prominent designer

Julia Haart is interviewed backstage during a La Perla fashion show in New York City, February 9, 2017. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via JTA)
Julia Haart is interviewed backstage during a La Perla fashion show in New York City, February 9, 2017. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — Netflix’s stream of Orthodox Jewish-themed content isn’t stopping anytime soon.

The streaming giant is producing “My Unorthodox Life,” a documentary series about Julia Haart, a prominent US fashion designer raised Talia Leibov in an ultra-Orthodox home, Hello! magazine reported Wednesday.

Leibov married at 19 and at age 43 left her Jewish community and founded a successful luxury shoe company. In 2016, she became the creative director for the Italian luxury fashion brand La Perla and in 2019 became the CEO of the international Elite Model Management agency. She’s also known for helping design a dress made out of crystals for top model Kendal Jenner.

The Netflix description of the series reads:

Since taking the reins of a global talent empire, Haart has been on a mission to revolutionise the industry from the inside out – all while being a mother of four. Her children include a TikToker, an app designer, a lawyer, and a high schooler torn between two conflicting cultures, and Haart helps them reconcile their Orthodox upbringings with the modern world. My Unorthodox Life takes you on a journey through Julia Haart’s untamed, unpredictable, and unorthodox life.

Netflix’s series “Unorthodox,” based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir about leaving her ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, was wildly successful and earned multiple award nominations. The platform has several other Orthodox-themed offerings, including “Shtisel” and the 2017 film “Menashe,” filmed in Yiddish in a Haredi neighborhood.

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