What comes to mind when you hear "tznius"? Six teenage girls from both modern Orthodox and Bais Yaakov backgrounds set out to answer that question.
Tights. Ugly. Frum. Self-Esteem. Hard. Beautiful.
Necklines and hemlines, slits and socks - what's the big deal? The girls felt confused, frustrated, guilty, resentful. And afraid of change.
But they were open-minded enough to try something new. Meet once a month. Discuss tznius. Keep a weekly diary.
It wasn't easy. It wasn’t overnight. But somewhere between October and June, six girls started to see things differently. This is their open and honest diaries – their thoughts and feelings, their confusion, frustration and guilt. They challenged tznius on their own terms. They discussed topics without the censorship of adults. They took a different look at themselves. Rethink what beauty really means. Wish for more.
Avigail: There are a billion questions I have on tznius, but even when I try to get the answers, nothing clicks.
Rachel: I’m very embarrassed, but whenever I see a group of girls with the long-skirt, button-down shirt look, it makes me really nervous.
Chavi: When I think about tznius, a few things come to mind - and none of them are too exciting.
Sarah: Honestly, I'm not looking to become a totally new person at this point in my life...
Ellie: Is tznius really so up there on the priority list in Heaven? What about tefillah, simchah, things like that?
Shevi: It’s like my head keeps telling me to wear it and my heart keeps telling me not to.
Their diaries are true. Their thoughts are totally honest. Their journey is real.