Keenan Kampa Models for G-Star Raw
You know how there are some people who will just always be cooler than everyone else? Who are so gorgeous and talented you want to hate them, but so fun and down-to-earth you have to love them? Yeah. Keenan Kampa is one of those people.
You all know Keenan. She's the American-born ballerina who's currently dancing up a storm with the super-prestigious (and almost exclusively Russian) Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. She's one of the sweetest people we've ever had the pleasure of photographing for our cover. Oh, and now she's a model for G-Star Raw. Because of course she is.
Along with Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, Keenan stars in the designer clothing company's latest ad campaign, themed "the unlimited possibilities of denim." She looks like some kind of amazing dancing jeans-clad superhero, and we'd expect nothing less. (We're digging the red hair, too!)
What's that you say? You want to see the ad itself? Oh, OK. BAM:
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.