The history of ballet is well ... rather white. But with new generations of social justice-minded activists and artists transforming the culture, the standard ballet outfit is getting an update to accommodate more than just the fair-skinned. A new dance wear company is updating the nude leotard to make more options available for different skin types. Nice!
Whitney Bracey is the brains behind the new project. Originally a swimwear designer, Bracey embarked upon a new endeavor after discovering how many girls struggled with the color of the standard issue nude leotard. Creating Mahogany Blues, the company launched with 4 variations:
"Most dancers of color have to dye their leotards a few times to get the color right," said Bracey, who also plans on selling even more products in different colors and hues in the near future. "To come up with our nudes, I printed out a color card and tried to match the skint ones of friends, coworkers, and strangers." Bracey also plans on introducing nude bra tops and boy shorts for girls and briefs for boys.
Bracey has also been sponsoring local ballet troupes with the hopes of inspiring the next generation of dancers.
Bracey is currently making all of her products by hand but will hopefully transitioning to mass production as the demand for her apparel grows. It's not hard to predict that will happen in the near future.