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My Unorthodox Life

Streaming on Netflix / Film & TV

Think Keeping Up with the Kardashians but New York, intelligent, and Jewish. The reality show follows the successful fashion mogul Julia Haart and her family as they live the high life while trying to balance religious faith with modern reality. Haart, who grew up in a strictly observant community in Monsey, New York, left for the city at the age of 41, changed her name, and launched a line of shoes—a strict no-no for women of her background. She went on to be named creative director of the lingerie brand La Perla, and then C.E.O. of the modeling and talent agency Elite World Group. The show expertly twins fashion and drama, and Haart shamelessly plugs her self-bestowed freedom through her dress choice, sex life, and success. My Unorthodox Life begs the questions: Does the show cast a dim light over the traditions of Judaism or, rather, encourage a world where God and six-inch-heel-wearing female bosses can coexist? We’ll let you decide. —Ariella Paradise

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