This week, the ballet and dance world has been rocked by a Vogue España shoot starring Kendall Jenner. In it, the model prances around a ballet studio in slow-mo, dressed in ballet-esque outfits and pointe shoes. What might seem like an innocent projection of childlike dress-up onto Kendall Jenner’s body ended up being controversial enough to give Brangelina’s split a run for its money.
Sure, it’s interesting to think that a bunch of ballerinas are worked up over Jenner “appropriating” ballet when that’s what she and her family do to black culture all the time. But still, this indignation is far from baseless. It points to a larger conversation about body politics and dance.