Finding a Virtuous (Jewish) Woman, shot by Lior Nordman for Israeli fashion magazine Belle Mode, is the provocative and controversial editorial that the magazine published “as a way to protect against the infringement on the rights of women on religious grounds.”
This video explains the concept of the shoot, however its in Hebrew. The gist is that in some areas in Israel, women are treated as second class citizens. They are forced to sit in the back of the bus, they are not allowed to speak publicly or sing, and in some Orthodox areas, they are photoshopped out of signs and posters. It is a hot topic in Israeli news, and this editorial makes the statement that a woman’s sexuality is something to adore and not hide. (If you speak Hebrew and have anything to correct and/or add, I would love you to do so in the comments below.)
While the jury’s still out on how I feel about the editorial conceptually (I have Orthodox family and very mixed feelings on the subject), Nordman’s editorials and campaigns are some of the most vibrant and eye-catching I’ve seen; I highly recommend checking out his website here. Oh, and Happy New York Fashion Week!!