Ballet has long excluded dancers of color. A broader range of “nude” pointe shoes signal change.

Footwear for ballerinas has traditionally only been sold in shades of pink, but brown shoes are on the rise. It’s no secret that ballet has a diversity problem; the rise of the select group of black dancers who’ve achieved stardom, such as Misty Copeland, Eric Underwood, and Michaela DePrince, has called attention to that stark contrast. But the lack of suitable pointe shoes for dancers of color has as well.

These ballerinas have long resorted to darkening their own footwear, which is typically sold in pink shades most suited for...

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By: Vox - 5 days ago

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