A black ballerina has finally received her first pair of brown ballet shoes after 11 years of having to paint her shoes to match her skin color.
The Afro-Brazilian ballerina Ingrid Silva is part of the Harlem Dance Theater in New York City, but despite being a top dancer, she could never have gotten the right ballet shoes the same color as her skin.
But on November 1, the 30-year-old shared a Twitter photo of her first brown ballet shoes from the British company Freed of London along with a heart-warming message.
Big deal: Afro-Brazilian ballerina Ingrid Silva is part of the Harlem Dance Theater in New York City, but she could never have gotten ballet shoes the same color as her skin
About time! She has finally received her first pair of brown ballet shoes from the British company Freed of London
In Portuguese she wrote: & # 39; THEY ARE FINALLY HERE !!!!!!! The last 11 years I have polished my pointed with foundation. But not anymore.
& # 39; My tips match my skin color and that is revolutionary. I really thought that this would not come soon, but hey it is here !!!! And I can say is thanks to Diversity in ballet.
& # 39; The importance of these shoes is an extreme revolution in the dance world! & # 39;
A clip of her that shows her joy about the footwear has already collected more than 100,000 likes.
And a photo of the brown shoes has received more than 104,000 likes, as well as some shocked reactions.
& # 39; My God, how bizarre to think such a simple thing is incredible, right? & # 39; wrote a social media user.
Extra work: Ingrid has dyed her shoes for 11 years to match her skin color
Not the best: she used Black Opal brand foundation to paint them herself
Silva answered: & # 39; Yes, it is, because for many it is a luxury or they do not understand the art. But as some are learning now, something as simple as this has taken years and now it has happened. & # 39;
The dancer also shared a video of her old shoes, which she had dyed by hand with the brand name Black Opal.
# Each bottle costs 12 USD. It is an extra edition, not counting the time to make it by hand, that I have taken on for more than ten years, & she said.
Freed of London, who sent her the new footwear, also agreed to explain how they worked with the dancer.
& # 39; Ingrid Silva contacted us for the first time in February 2019 after seeing our #BalletBrown & #BalletBronze Pointe shoe colors. Ingrid is a Chacott brand Pointe Shoes carrier and expressed an interest in ordering a pair of Pointe Shoes from Chacott using Freed of London's #BalletBrown satin fabric, & they wrote.
& # 39; My tips match my skin color and that is revolutionary. I really thought this would not come soon, but hey, it is here !!!! & # 39; she wrote when buying her new shoes
Much better: her new shoes match her skin, so there is no stark contrast between her leg and her foot
& # 39; Because Chacott is our sister company, we have been able to help Ingrid and after months back and forth Ingrid has now received her Pointe shoes! Ingrid has been coloring her shoes for 11 years! So happy that we could help. & # 39;
Other brands such as the American company Gaynor Minden have also started making darker shoes that look better on dancers of color because there is no major change from their skin to the shoes.
Silva grew up in Rio de Janeiro, in the Eastern Brazilian state of the same name, and started dancing at the age of eight thanks to the social program Dancando Para Nao Dancar (Dancing To Not Dance).
The organization helps girls in poor neighborhoods in Brazil get social support and has been active since 1995.
History: Silva grew up in Rio de Janeiro, in the eastern Brazilian state of the same name, and started dancing when she was eight
Do good: Silva also works with the United Nations to promote equal opportunities in education
Silva also works with the United Nations to promote equal opportunities in education and spoke about a minority during a NATO gala in New York in 2018.
& # 39; When I was 12 years old and living in Brazil, I was the only Afro-Brazilian in the dance schools. Inclusion is something we need to work on together, people need to know that we belong, feel unconnected, and surrender just because we are different, & she said.
She has also spoken recently Dance magazine about inclusiveness.
& # 39; I never felt represented when I was younger – I didn't see anyone like me in ballet in Brazil. Now I realize how important that representation is to shape the future of this younger generation, & she said.
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