Meet Julia Haart: The CEO Modernizing the Modeling Industry

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Julia Haart has proven to be unstoppable. She is at the helm of the world’s first talent media company and global phenomenon, Elite World Group, as the co-owner and CEO. The company is composed of 48 global agencies representing 5400 of the world’s most dynamic talent, including actors, artists, musicians, models, and even virtual avatars. Haart’s mission is to modernize the modeling industry by transforming social platforms into impactful media channels. Haart is also fusing the worlds of commerce and technology through the launch of the virtual marketing company EWG Virtual, which is leveraging virtual comment, immersive experiences, and hyperrealistic avatars to create new, innovative marketing strategies. Simply put, Haart is catapulting the commerce experience for brands and consumers into the future. As if that’s not impressive enough, Haart is also the creative director of E1972, the world’s first sizeless luxury brand introduced by Elite World. 

While Haart’s extensive repertoire of accomplishments is nothing short of exciting, her career in the talent and fashion industries didn’t really start until her early 40s. At the age of 43, Haart made a major life decision: She decided to leave the Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, New York. In fact, just last week, her unscripted Netflix docuseries My Unorthodox Life—depicting her professional life at EWG and her personal life as she guides her children to follow their passions—premiered on Netflix.

Haart left the community in 2013 and since has founded her own shoe line and served as the creative director at Italian luxury-intimates brand La Perla, and she is now leading EWG. Before that, she was a Jewish philosophy teacher. Tune in to the latest episode of Second Life to hear about Haart’s extraordinary journey in finding her voice and using it to revolutionize the media and modeling industries, ultimately inspiring others to follow their dreams too. 

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