Crowned At Birth
The Jewish woman is called Akeret Habayit , which means the foundation of the home. Once a Chasidic Jewish woman becomes married, her hair becomes the same status of any private part on her body. We’re raising her with the tradition that when she gets married she’ll be covering her hair as wellI. I see my wig as my crown. I feel like the wig being an adornment on the head of a married Jewish woman represents her royalty in that she is a real power in the future of her people.”
In this timely photo series “Who we are: the will to adorn”, the subjects adorn themselves with pieces of clothing and jewelry that have a history, sentimental meaning, and significance to their identity. In a time where racial division is on the rise and anti-immigration rhetoric is prevalent, it is a joining of women who have “the will”, the deliberate intention, to celebrate the beauty of who they are. The combination of photojournalistic photographs and unconventional portraiture place subjects in their own home or landscapes that resemble their native land. With this, I am inviting viewers to look, listen, and think about the significance of adornment, the value of culture, and the will that it takes to be who we are, truly and fearlessly in America.