Julia Haart is a fashion designer, business owner, and author from the United States. She is a co-owner of Elite World Group and used to be its CEO. She used to make shoes under her own name and was the creative director at the Italian luxury brand La Perla.
Haart is also the main character and executive producer of the Netflix miniseries My Unorthodox Life, which is about why she left her Haredi community in 2013.
Early Years and Education
Julia Haart was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia), on April 11, 1971. When she was 3, she and her parents left Russia and moved to Austin, Texas. She went to a private school in Austin.
She was the only Jewish student at the school. Haart’s family moved to Monsey, New York when she was in the fourth grade. The town has a large Haredi population, which was appealing to Haart’s parents as they became more religious.
Haart went to school in Brooklyn, New York, at the Bais Yaakov Academy. She taught herself to sew when she was 16 and read fashion magazines at home. When she was 18, she changed her first name to Talia, which sounded more Hebrew, so she could find a partner. At age 19, she got married to a yeshiva student who was five years older than her.
What is Julia Haart’s Net Worth?
As of December 2022, Julia Haart Has an Estimated Net Worth of $600 Million (Source: Yahoo Finance). When she took over the company EWG in 2018, it was worth $90 million. Two years later, in 2021, when she was still working at EWG, Julia told Women’s Health that the company was now worth over $1 billion.
Since she was a co-owner, that meant EWG was responsible for about $500,000 of her net worth. The company “Talent Media” works with more than 5,000 actors, artists, models, and other people from all over the world. (Just so you know, Kendall Jenner, Iman, and Irina Shayk are a few of these models.)
The Italian businessman Silvio Scaglia, who used to be Julia’s husband, worked at Elite World Group with her. Trend Net Worth says that her job as CEO made her almost $2 million a year, or $400,000 a month.
Her Entrepreneurship Journey!
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Haart worked at Yeshiva Atlanta as a Judaic Studies teacher. “Staff who knew her at the time, when she went by the name Talia Hendler, said that students loved her and that she was known for her sharp style,” the New York Times reported. Haart sold life insurance in secret for years.
Haart left the Haredi community in 2013. That same year, she started a shoe company called Julia Haart. Her goal was to make shoes that were both stylish and comfortable. She worked with a ski boot engineer and a German company that makes a gel that NASA uses to make a high-heeled shoe that is comfortable.
Haart and La Perla worked together on their Spring and Fall 2016 accessory lines. She was named the brand’s creative director the same year. Haart changed how La Perla made ready-to-wear clothes after she became the company’s Creative Director. Haart made the first stretch of Leavers lace at La Perla and released a line of ready-to-wear lingerie with support built in.
Haart set up a “La Perla Manor” runway show for her Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show. Naomi Campbell, Lindsey Wixson, Sasha Pivovarova, and Kendall Jenner all walked in it. Haart is known for the dress she made for Kendall Jenner for the 2017 Met Gala. The dress was made of 85,000 crystals that were all attached to a single string.
In March 2019, she became CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Elite World Group, which is a talent media company. Under Haart’s leadership, EWG’s brand has been refocused and new divisions have been added.
Elite World Group puts helping models make money from their brands and business projects at the top of its list of priorities. Haart is also the creative director of e1972, a line of high-end clothing made by Elite World. The collection got a lot of good press and was praised for its “innovation, diversity, and inspiring message of empowerment.”
She was fired from her job as group chief executive officer in February 2022.
My Unorthodox Life
The Netflix show My Unorthodox Life, which came out in July 2021, is about Haart. The docuseries shows Haart’s job as CEO of Elite World Group, as an author, as a mother, and as a wife and mother. It also shows her personal life. Many people in the Jewish community have given the show bad reviews.
Haart’s first husband, Yosef Hendler, gave her four children: Batsheva, Shlomo, Miriam, and Aron. Batsheva, whose last name is Haart, is a social media influencer. From 2012 until their divorce in November 2021, she was married to Binyamin “Ben” Weinstein. Miriam also took her mother’s last name when she got married.
Aron is in high school, and he spends half of his time with his parents in Manhattan and the other half in Monsey, New York.
In June 2019, Haart got married to the Italian billionaire businessman Silvio Scaglia. After they got married, Scaglia took on the last name Haart. Haart asked for a divorce in February 2022. On the same day, she was fired from her job as chief executive officer.
Haart is the oldest of eight kids. One of his siblings died at age 5 in a car accident. Her parents and other siblings stopped talking to her after she left the Orthodox community. Only one of her siblings, Hannah, is still in touch with her.