Lisa Vogl became Muslim in 2011. Four years later she launched an Islamic Fashion Company named Verona Collection. She credits the values of Islam for her success in Business and life. In 2016 her company opened one of the first Islamic fashion stores in a mainstream mall at the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando, Florida. Verona Collection will be opening a store in London soon.
When asked about her journey to Islam, Lisa said:
Although my father was raised Catholic and my mother had a very conservative Christian Baptist upbringing, they did not enforce religion upon me growing up. Despite the lack of religious direction, my natural disposition began guiding me closer to God. From a young age, I became very attached to Christianity on my own. Nobody pushed me. So, at around 14 years old, without my parents and siblings, I started to attend church regularly with my grandmother. I also participated in weekly Bible study groups, Young Life (Christian ministry), and went to church camps during the summer. Becoming a Muslim seemed like the natural progression of my growing spiritual awareness. It was a culmination of experiences and encounters including intelligent reasoning, reflection, and critical thinking that eventually led me to Islam."
I was blessed to live and work in Tangier, Morocco, where I taught English at The American Language Center. It was during my three month stay in Morocco, which was the most amazing and humbling experience of my life, by the way, that I was first introduced to Islam. Although this Moroccan adventure was more of a cultural experience, I ended up gaining an appreciation of the religion. Despite wearing the hijab every day in Morocco to follow a cultural norm and blend in with the locals, I must confess that even though I lived in a Muslim country for three months, I had no idea about Islam or the true meaning of the hijab.