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Julia Haart: Brazen

November 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Women’s Night:
Julia Haart, Brazen
Thursday, November 10, 5pm
Doors open at 5pm for Boutique Bazaar and pre-event reception. Presentation begins at 7pm.
Location: Edison Gymnasium, Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $45 (Includes one book and one ticket)
$60 (Includes one book and two tickets

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A riveting, inspiring memoir of one woman’s journey from a Jewish ultra-orthodox community and her extraordinary rise from housewife to shoe designer (La Perla) to CEO, co-owner of the modeling agency Elite World Group and Netflix star (My Unorthodox Life).

Ever since she was a child, every aspect of Julia Haart’s life – what she wore, what she ate, what she thought – was lived 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, she would live a life under these enforced rules. Eventually, when Julia’s youngest daughter Miriam started to question why she wasn’t allowed to sing, run, or ride a bike, Julia reached a breaking point. She knew that if she didn’t find a way to leave, her daughters would be forced into this same lifestyle which she found too restrictive.

So, Julia created a double life. When no one was looking, she’d sneak looks at fashion magazines and sketch designs for the clothes she dreamed about wearing in the world beyond her orthodox suburb. In the ultra-orthodox world, clothing has one purpose: to cover the body, head to toe, for modesty’s sake. Giving any thought to one’s appearance beyond that is considered sinful, an affront to God. She started clandestinely selling life insurance to save her “freedom” money. At the age of forty-two, she finally mustered the courage to flee the life that was antithetical to her personal soul.

Within a week of leaving, Julia started a shoe brand, and within nine months she was at Paris for fashion week. A year later, she became creative director of La Perla, the world-leading lingerie brand. And now, she is the co-owner and CEO of Elite World Group, and one of the most powerful people in the fashion industry.

Propulsive and unforgettable, Julia’s story is the journey from a world of “no” to a world of “yes” and an inspiration for women everywhere to find their purpose and their voice.


November 10, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hannah Dinkel


Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
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