Kendall Jenner’s Vogue Spain Ballet Video Met with Backlash from Real Ballerinas
The reality star is coming under fire for casually acting like a ballerina in a new ad.
Kendall Jenner has inadvertently upset an unlikely demographic with a new video. Last week, Vogue Spain released an ad in which the young model playfully dances around a ballet studio, hangs from the ballet barre and grins on a fire escape as her voiceover offers her happy-go-lucky worldview.
Immediate after, Abby Lee Miller, a ballet instructor from Dance Moms, took to social media to lay into the video for not including someone who has some actual experience in ballet.
“I don’t make a habit of commenting on all the dancers that post pics with incorrect technique. I would never get anything else done! But I cannot be a fan of this shoot,” Miller wrote on Instagram, via The Shade Room. “There are so many amazing dancers in the world… Kendall Jenner is not one of them!
But Miller wasn’t alone. Ballerinas everywhere began to voice their anger at the way the ad depicts the world of ballet.
— Tori Archer (@victorienka) September 17, 2016
Kendall Jenner get the ballet shoes off
— jordan (@jordanpratko) September 17, 2016
Ballet is such high art and coming from someone who’s spent years in the studio, it’s almost offensive to see Kendall act “cute” in it.
— KILLA KUSH (@_acushla) September 20, 2016
“The video is, apparently, a sort of little-girl fantasy on ballerina-ness,” a post on Dance Spirit reads. “Which, OK. But to our eyes, the whole thing reads as pretty disrespectful to the artists who devote their lives to this demanding craft.”
One ballerina named Allison DeBona did come to Jenner’s defense. In a Facebook post, she argued that video was clearly not intended to depict actual ballet technique and that the 20-year-old model was just posing for the camera:
“As far as Kendall Jenner and the Vogue España shoot, she’s a beautiful young girl who’s job is to do what she’s asked to do,” she wrote. “Not really sure of the reason behind it except maybe all girls dream of being a ballerina on stage and she’s in her room playing as one?”
Is the video offense or harmless? Give it a look above.