By Briana Estrada
Kendall Jenner recently did a photoshoot and video with Vogue Spain that has come under a lot of scrutiny because of the poor representation of ballet.
Now of course, Jenner is a model and not a prima ballerina so the blame should not be heavily placed on her.
In this video with Vogue Spain, Jenner talks about the fun memories of being a child and prances around in ballet attire. There is also a photo of her on pointe, but with terrible technique. She is a model trying to be a ballerina and not vice versa. The poor technique has been under fire by many known dancers and teachers such as Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms who said, “But I cannot be a fan of this shoot. There are so many amazing dancers in the world… Kendall Jenner is not one of them!”
Ballet is a strong and graceful art form that takes hard work 24/7 and has a strong community of dancers and dance teachers who can see bad technique from a mile away. This shoot just takes the tutu off a ballerina, places a model in a studio and clicks away at the camera. It does nothing to show the beauty and artistry needed in the dance form.
So although everything in this shoot was wrong you cannot only blame Jenner. This young lady was not brought up in the dance world and is doing her job as a model. It is the creatives at Vogue Spain who should have put more thought into this shoot. They are the ones who create the concept and choose the model. If they wanted a real dancer they could have easily reached out to one.
But Vogue is not a “dance” magazine; it is a fashion magazine that is created to appeal to the fashion industry. So yes, it makes more sense that they would hire a model for this shoot to sell clothing. However, no one will ever fully please the public, especially if a Kardashian or Jenner is in the mix.
Viewers are making more of a fuss over this shoot over others for the sole reason that another Kardashian/Jenner is a part of it. There are countless photo shoots that have been “ballet” inspired showcasing models with no technique. They may not be published on big names such as Vogue, but they are still out there for the public to see.
Jenner is part of the most photographed and talked about family in the world. The Kardashians and Jenners dominate the media with countless scandals, gossip, and feuds. There is not a day that goes by that they are not on E News or Snapchat. Anything they do are either loved or hated. No, Jenner does not have the technique of a prima ballerina, but she sells the clothing well and that is what she was hired to do in the first place.