Kendall Jenner doesn’t understand the upset that resulted from her Vogue España shoot. After posing as a ballerina for the magazine last month, “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller and dance professionals alike slammed the publication for using the model to fill the spot of a prima ballerina.
Now, one month after the release of the video and photos, Kendall is responding the backlash. “I didn’t even know I was going to be a ballerina until I went into hair and makeup. I never said I knew ballet and I didn’t practice beforehand. I just show up to do my job,” the 20-year-old wrote on her paid blog in a post titled “About That Ballerina Photo Shoot.”
According to People, Kendall added that she never intended to “offend anyone” with the shoot and is baffled by the hate comments she received. “It confuses me how people can get that upset when there are so many important things going on in the world. But, it’s obviously not going to stop me from working hard and being me.”
Abby of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” fame was one of the first to speak out about Kendall’s pictures, which showed the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” lead posing on the barre and dancing around in a tutu. “I cannot be a fan of this shoot. There are so many amazing dancers in this world... Kendall Jenner is not one of them!” Abby wrote on Instagram, pointing out Kendall’s “incorrect technique.” The coach went on to shame Kendall’s mother, Kris Jenner, for not putting her daughters into dance classes.
While Kendall received numerous negative comments for the shoot, not all dancers were completely against her. Ballerina Allison DeBona made it clear in a Facebook post she wants her profession to be represented properly, but that Kendall was just doing her job as a model.
“TO THE BALLET WORLD, it seems to me as if there is never a perfect condition for you,” DeBona posted last month. “As far as Kendall Jenner and the Vogue España shoot, she’s a beautiful young girl whose job is to do what she’s asked to do. Not really sure of the reason behind it except maybe all girls dream of being a ballerina on stage and she’s in her room playing as one?”