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Why ultra-Orthodox women are asking for the 'Kate Middleton'

Contemporary ultra-Orthodox style is modest but not always conservative, as many women seek wigs inspired by Duchess Kate Middleton and readily buy lingerie considered "daring."
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at Anna Freud Centre, in London, December 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool/ - RTX1YSCS

"In the last six months customers want a wig like Kate Middleton's hair," says Esti Bergman, the owner of a business that creates and sells high-end wigs to the ultra-Orthodox sector. “Last year there was a Farrah Fawcett trend, long and flowing. Middleton’s style is relatively modest in terms of length and also jauntier.” 

The wigs Bergman creates are expensive: their price tag starts at 7,000 shekels ($1,800) and can reach 20,000 ($5,200), depending on color and length.

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