You probably remember the big Free People faux pas from 2014 where the popular clothing brand featured an untrained dancer (sickled feet and all) in its ad campaign, sparking a lot of shade from fuming dancers around the world. Well, Free People learned from its mistake and has been enlisting real dancers for some of their artsy promos ever since. From featuring The Washington Ballet's Nardia Boodoo in their lifestyle blog to including dance classes taught by Dance Theater of Harlem ballet dancer Alison Stroming in their pop-up shop fitness event, Free People appears to have caught on to the fact that we want to see real dancers dancing and not models mimicking an art that actually takes years of blood, sweat, and hard work to master.
So when we saw the familiar face of dancer and model Morgan Quinn in one of the brand's most recent ads we may have lost our chill. Not only is Quinn a ballet dancer who's trained with Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet but she also appeared in our dancewear fashion feature for the March 2018 issue. We love seeing dancers' years of training pay off be it in the form dance contracts or commercial gigs.