Thank you Hashem for dressing the naked!

Posted by Regine Tessone founder of Aqua Modesta original modest swimwear and sportswear on 29th Jan 2019

ברוך אתה השם....מלביש ערומים  "Thank you Hashem for dressing the naked"  What an amazing Beraha ! 

"I feel so dressed up," says the walk-in customer at our showroom in Brooklyn. "Well, that's the idea," I respond. To look dressed yet gorgeous at the beach". "I can go out in this outfit," she continues. Of course, you can. That is why, in Hebrew, the name for a swimsuit is בגד- יום, clothing for the beach. The beach or pool is usually an outdoor place, a public space where modesty and dressing up are required. When did undressing in such a public place become the norm? In visiting our showroom, you will learn through our research just when that transformation began.

"How did you ever come up with this idea? She asks. "It's brilliant!" She says she will proceed to purchase a few. The idea is from Hashem, the master and first clothing designer. It is written in Genesis that Hashem fashions a covering for Adam and Eve from leather to cover their bodies. That occurred after Adam And Eve ate fruits from the Tree of Knowledge and realized they were naked. They felt shame. Therefore, Hashem, in his infinite mercy, creates clothing for them. Designing clothing and dressing people is a genuine act of kindness. 

I loved designing, and now that I was growing more observant, I needed something modest to wear while swimming. I realized dressing half-naked was no longer a solution but a problem for me. Studying the Torah and performing mitzvot taught me how to make that change. The desire was there; therefore, the answer would surely come my way. I saw myself swimming in the ocean in this swim dress night after night in my dreams. 

That began the Aqua Modesta modest swimwear idea: planning and research. The follow-up was all with super divine intervention. As with many great ideas, there were many obstacles along the way. With grit and perseverance, any idea can come to fruition. I thank my master G-D for giving me the idea and abilities to produce and sell Aqua Modesta modest swimwear and sportswear. I feel truly blessed to partake in the lofty mitzvah of dressing women and girls modestly from all walks of life, irrespective of religion. 

Today, more than at any other time in history, modesty is greatly challenged by society that promotes nakedness or near nakedness. Humility begins with the clothing we adorn on our bodies but does not end there. It must go hand in hand with our thoughts, speech, actions, and attitude towards ourselves and others. In doing so, we will achieve being a genuinely modest woman. This blog is dedicated to all the truly modest-dressing and humble women and girls I have met in my lifetime.