I am so excited to introduce you to Leorah, a stylist and makeup artist who is taking the modest fashion and headwrapping world by storm! She is just as exciting in person as her creations: check out her interview and amazing photos!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Some interesting facts, where you’re from, how you spend your time, hobbies, etc.?
My name is Leorah
Hallel Goldberg. I’m 38 years old, I’m married for 14 years and I’m a mother of seven children (ages ranging between 11 and 2). We have four boys and three girls, including two sets of twins. I was born and raised in Germany and decided to immigrate to Israel at the age of 20. By profession I am a registered nurse. Back in Germany my hobby used to be horseback riding, but I haven’t been able to do that in many years. I’m just too busy with all the demands of a very large family and besides that starting to build my own career as a makeup artist and stylist. In the last year I’ve started modelling and running accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about my latest looks. At the end of April I started a YouTube Channel about Beauty and Lifestyle with three uploads weekly which I really love.
What led you to start covering your hair with tichels and when did you start doing so?
As I am a religious jewish woman I started covering my hair on the day after my wedding. In the beginning I wore small caps with my long hair showing underneath, but I was never happy with it. A friend encouraged me to try out wearing a tichel and that was the beginning of my tichel-journey. I remember the first time I put one on how good it felt. From then on I never had a question anymore if that is the right way for me to cover my hair. In the beginning I put it on only when I left the house. Once my first child grew a bit older and started to ask questions I decided to cover all the time (from the time before my kids get up in the morning till after they have gone to bed). Now, wearing tichels has become so much a part of me and my style that I couldn’t imagine to go without, even if religion wasn’t an issue. I remember the first time I wore a tichel to the office where I worked back then. I came through the door, my boss looked me up and down, gave me a pitiful smile and said: ‘Wow, you really look like a cleaning lady…’ That was not a nice experience. I found Wrapunzel through a nice young woman I met at fundraising dinner for a charity organization for terror victims. We started talking, she commented on how beautiful my tichels were and recommended Wrapunzel to me.
What inspires your head coverings? Have you always been creative?
I’m very inspired be the colors I find in nature. There are just no limitations on combining colors and patterns in nature, for example if you just think about the hundreds of different kinds of butterflies or flowers… I have always been creative, I just wasn’t aware of it as much as I am now. I’ve always crochet or painted or played instruments, which is all about being creative. Only now through the modeling I really started to see what is possible.
Please tell us about your style — how do your head coverings help you express your personality?
I used to wear only dark colors because I thought that being religious meant dressing that way, that it is immodest to wear anything that will draw attention to me. Eventually I broke free from all that and from on there were just no limitation for me anymore. I was discovered as a model for modest fashion and that’s when I stepped out of my own protective bubble and tried how far I can go with my own creativity.
I started to use a volumizer and just created on my head whatever I felt like and wanted. No rules is my only rule. Everything is allowed as long as it doesn’t slip or slide. I see my tichels as part of my design when I’m creating my outfits for my fashion blog. They complete the look in so many ways and I’m so glad to have that tool.
What is your favorite tichel?
I have no answer for this question, because I feel different every day and feel colors and materials differently every day. I love to be able to turn myself every day into a whole new person using my clothes, makeup and tichels. It’s all art and a way to express my emotions and needs in a new way every day. Plus, I do have a very large collection of different shapes and sizes of tichels for winter and for summer. Not that one needs that but it is largely a result of the fact that when I was obese, for years there was nothing else I could easily buy without having an issue of it not fitting me. So when I felt like shopping I usually bought tichels.
Please share with us your tichel-tying tips and tricks!
In the very beginning it was hard for me, because in the whole family I’m the only one covering my with tichels and the only one who is covering her head all the time. I went from feeling insecure about it to feeling proud of it and making it into ‘my thing’, giving it my spin. Ever since, I have been getting enormous amounts of positive feedback (online, but also when I’m just outside meeting random people on the street) and that is a wonderful experience.
What recommendations would you make to someone who is just starting to learn how to tie?
-Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect, there is no perfect. We are all on the way.
-Don’t just copy others. Get inspired by others and create your own way.
-Be bold and sparkle. Turn your tichel into your crown.
-Realize that different ways to tie work better or less good with different face shapes.
-Not all colors work for your skin tone. Try to find a balance that works for you.
Any inspiring words for the ladies on the Wrapunzel blog?
I’m beyond glad I got introduced to this wonderful, loving and supportive community. I’ve made amazing friends in such a short time and I’ve received so much love here. I just want to thank everyone for that.
What are you grateful for right now?
I’m grateful that I can finally live my dream of building my business as a makeup artist and stylist and as well as building my YouTube Channel and my fashion blogs on social media. And I am grateful for the support of my husband Gabriel, who believes and invests in me.