A Crown for a Queen

A Project about women who choose to cover.

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Aylana - wearing a Silk Shibori Scarf dyed with rosemary and indigo. 

"Covering my hair is hard because I often feel like people make assumptions about me and my professional accomplishments and capabilites before they even meet me and I often feel like I need to work extra hard to prove myself.

 

But over the years I've come to realize that the best thing I can do is put on a great head piece, feel confident, get out there, and show the world that there's more to me than my outside appearance- I'm not just a religious woman, and I'm not just a scientist. I'm both, and they're both equally important to me."

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Sharon - Silk scarf with Golden Rain, known to give good luck in many cultures 💛

"When I married my husband, I said that if I make the decision of covering my hair, I do it all the way. And I did from that day. 

Covering the hair is not always easy. It can be definitely a challenge during sport, work, traveling, but you find your (creative) way in the end. It's something very beautiful, I feel it gives something extra....spiritually. And I think you can see this especially on women's faces. 

Thank G'D on a daily base I dont find it such an issue. I miss wearing my jeans more! And yes, I do feel that people sometimes look at you differently. Sometimes in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way. But I try to not focus on it too much, because people in general always have something to say. Whether you are a woman, or a mother, or a new immigrant, or too young or unexperienced, too religious or not religious enough. 


At the end of the day we all need to know who we are deep inside and stay true to ourselves. What we believe, and how to reflect this in the world. This is what I believe the real key to happiness. Because there is only one of each and every one of us and everyone has a unique story. We should always keep that in mind." 

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Rosa, event stylist and pastry chef. 


"This summer my husband and I will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary, which personally for me, is also my 14th anniversary of covering my hair. 
For the last 14 years, I have never left my house with my hair uncovered (except for that one time in my first year of marriage, when I accidentally walked out of the apartment without my covering, realized by the time I got to the elevator). 
When I think about that it seems like forever! But the fact is, covering my hair was never a question for me. Just like keeping Shabbat and kosher, it wasn't a conscious decision I made, rather a normal rule I must follow. 


In the past 14 years though, I've come to love covering my hair. I wear bandanas (my daily look), Mitpachot (for a dressy casual look) and my wig (for a fancier look). I like that people can tell just by looking at me that I'm a married woman and that I consider myself religious. I feel proud to announce that to the world when I step out of my front door."

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Charlotte-Merino Wool with Eucalyptus eco print. 

 

"I feel proud, and 'fully dressed' when I step out with a symbol on my head, of the lifestyle I choose to lead, and the values I hold. 

People do place me in a box as soon as I have a scarf on my head. For better and for worse. So my response is to stay true to myself and my choices. And to never ever make a snap judgement about another person, especially another woman, based on how she is dressed, or what she has on her head. There's a lot more to her than that."

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