The color of ballerina slippers serve a purpose that extends further than aesthetics -- the dainty shoes need to blend in with the dancer's legs and leotard so the audience can focus on the movement, without being distracted by the dancer's feet. Unfortunately, major dance shoe distribution companies only offer the shoes in a light pink colorway that was designed for white dancers, forcing many ballerinas to dye their shoes with makeup products, in order to match their skintone.
Now, a petition asking for inclusivity in the production of ballet slippers has circulated the web, reaching over 150,000 signatures. The petition is addressing the erasure of black and brown ballet dancers and demands one of the biggest distributors for dance shoes to offer a more expansive range of colors.
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