We Need to Talk About the Kendall Jenner "Ballet" Video for Vogue Spain
Well, this is...confusing. Vogue Spain just posted a video featuring Kendall Jenner—and it is very, very facepalm-y.
Why? Because they decided to dress Jenner up in tutus and legwarmers and have her "do ballet," though she's clearly not ballet trained. In the voiceover, she talks about "loving being a kid" and missing childhood; the video is, apparently, a sort of little-girl fantasy on ballerina-ness. Which, OK. But to our eyes, the whole thing reads as pretty disrespectful to the artists who devote their lives to this demanding craft.
This makes us especially sad because the Vogue family is usually SO GREAT when it comes to ballet. They featurebeautifuldancersallthe time—goodness, Teen Vogue did a whole video series about School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet School students. They know better. And this could easily have been a lovely video: Just put Jenner—who is a truly gifted model—in some gorgeous ballet-inspired fashion, and then surround her with top-level dancers. Everybody wins!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.