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Brown Ballet Shoes Make Their Debut

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Shoes for ballerinas have been pink for hundreds of years to match the skin tones of white dancers — but now ballerinas of color can finally wear shoes made for them

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For God SAKES we know no one has pink skin. But as countless intelligent women on this thread have explain over and over again. The shoe was made to look like a extension of the leg . The line was to be unbroken. It looks weird pink on brown or dark skin. It's not a racist thing. Get over yourself. Why can't black or brown girls have shoes to match their skin.? They're not saying white dancer have to wear it. Let someone else have something to call their own. SHEESH !
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I never realized that the pink color of the shoes was to match European skin tones. I never thought of my pink ballet slippers as matching my fair skin; I’m not pink, nor is anyone else and all the girls in my classes had the same shoes. I thought it maybe went with pink being associated with feminine and ballet was feminine. I’m glad they offer these now since it’s supposed to match your skin-tone!
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Equality is great, but who the fuck has pink skin?
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People who aren’t different than the “normalized” notion of whatever it is, will never quite understand why something as small as a ballerina shoe.... of a different color is so important. Educate yourself on things NOT yourself. Be enlightened.
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I didn't realize what the ballet shoes were for. I did ballet as a child but to me they were shoes to make me seem more graceful and proper. I didn't even know that they were to make their legs look longer or anything I never knew that. When I first saw this I will be honest I chuckled and thought"this is ridiculous" but I watched and looked in the comments to see why this was. I didn't realize the purpose of these shoes till now. It's very educating. I fully support this I think it's cool. This was truly educational to me ☺
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Those are very pretty. I didn't realize the pink ones were meant to match skin tone since no one is that colour. But these are nice looking.
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When I was dancing, we would just use Foundation to make it our skin color. But we shouldn’t have to. Ballerinas of color should be recognized too.
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Ballet dancers have relatively short careers and are usually not paid big salaries. They invest a lot of time, energy, & passion into their performances. Having the right equipment that suits a ballarina's individual job, in this case these beautiful satin toe-shoes matched to skin tone, to extend the line of her leg through her feet, is a great investment in the future of ballet. It is not a museum of the past. It is going to survive in a diverse and complicated world with its classic and contemporary repertoires. We all need validation of who we are. I, as a member of the audience, am surprised and disappointed that it took this long.
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Pink wasn't necessarily a"feminine" color 'til about the 1920's or so. Therefore, it's doubtful that the color had any more significance but that it blended in with fair skinned legs (there were no darker skinned dancers when ballet started).. and it became traditional. It's nice there are shoes that blend in with darker skin, too!
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I really wished more designer shoe companies got this.. It is extremely hard to find a cute brown open toe heel.
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When I was in show choir, my mom and I searched everywhere for my skin color leotard for costume changes. Never could find one and I don't think anyone made any until I was well into high school and not in the program anymore. The same went for tights. It was either I had to wear someone else's"skin tone" or just straight up black. I'm glad these women get to wear these shoes whenever they can. In a production, they'll have to wear whatever costume is designated because that's their job but otherwise, they'll get to enjoy the shoes actually fulfilling the skin tone purpose.
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