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Kendall Jenner Confronts Critics of Her Vogue Spain Shoot

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and model Kendall Jenner is firing back at critics after a ballet shoot in Vogue Spain sparked controversy among many in the dance community.

Jenner landed not only the front cover of Vogue’s coveted September issue but the September issue of Vogue Spain as well.

Spanish Vogue by @miguelreveriego

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However, it was the ballet-themed shoot of Vogue Spain that had many ballerinas expressing their frustration with the artistic choices involved. Instagram shots on Kendall’s account showed the model on her tip toes braced against a ballet bar, sitting on the floor in a ballet unitard, and relaxing with gray leg warmers and an ice-blue sweater at home, feet propped up on piano keys. Shots from Vogue Spain show the young model in a variety of ballet-inspired fashions and poses.

Critics not only voiced issues with the shoot, but with the accompanying video that showed Jenner dancing in a studio, decked out in a tutu and the leg warmers that were omnipresent during the shoot. Many were professionally trained ballet dancers that felt that the entire shoot was disrespectful towards the craft. Others voiced problems with the lack of accuracy in the shots and video, which promoted and openly flaunted poor technique that should not be promoted.

Even Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms even joined in on the fray, saying that while there are many amazing dancers in the world, “Kendall Jenner is not one of them!”. Miller blamed manager Kris Jenner for never taking the girls to dance class, and said that she had better take North West to the studio before it was too late.

Spanish Vogue by @miguelreveriego

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Kendall responded to critics in a blog post, saying that she did not know what the shoot would be until she had already had hair and makeup done. Kendall said that she “doesn’t know ballet” and “didn’t practice beforehand”.

Still, many of the critics were annoyed with the choice to have a model with no professional dance experience feature in the shoot over any problems with Kendall Jenner posing as a ballerina. For her part, Jenner seems to be addressing and escaping much of the backlash. Unphased by the attention, Jenner wrote that she was just doing her job.

Of the five Vogue covers Jenner is gracing this fall, only Spain is generating this much controversy. Jenner has noted that she has respect for women that do their jobs well and “would never purposely” attempt to offend anyone.

She also gently chided offended parties, saying that she was confused about how people can get ‘that upset’ over the issue when there are more important things going on in the world.

What do you think of Kendall’s shoot? Let us know in the comments!

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