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Ballet Dancer / Actress Sarah Hay: “I was always ‘the fat girl’ or ‘the heavy girl”

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Star of Flesh and Bone show Sarah Hay is a professional ballet dancer who was criticized a lot during her career for not having the typical dancer figure because of her DD cup breasts:

I had a lot of controversy about my figure – a figure so curvy, it doesn’t fit the typical mold for a dancer. One teacher even pulled her offstage during a production, handed her a sports bra and said, “Your breasts are distracting me.”

On refusing to get a breast reduction:

“I like my body. I don’t want to have to change it for anything — even if that means I have to take a step down as a dancer. I don’t think I’m ever going to sacrifice my figure for anyone else to accept me… I was always ‘the fat girl’ or ‘the heavy girl.”

… says Sarah, who is a size 0 on bottom and a DD on top.

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liv
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is anyone else tied of women only being asked about their bodies in interviews… i haven’t read the rest of it but ‘i hope they talk about her accomplishments… i know that these are issues all women are facing regarding their bodies, and we have to put a stop to it… she’s a smart and talented women who happens to have big breast… i mean how come that is such an issue… it’s so freaking sad

jjj2
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jjj2

Yeah that is what this site is for and those are the articles which get
posted. In addition to that, the model / actress doesn’t get to pick
the questions which get asked of her. If she said she wasn’t going to
answer beauty related questions, she would probably get criticized for that by other viewers of the site!

liv
Guest

There’s no winning is there? :)…

WYA
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i agree but I think it depends on what your profession and accomplishments are… no one’s asking Sheryl Sandberg about her body image, as far as I’m aware. Women in the entertainment biz get asked because it’s somewhat relevant to their job (though perhaps it shouldn’t be).

liv
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I think when it comes to acting out really shouldn’t be… Sense they usually play regular people… Though not all the time…

WYA
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I agree, totally. But there are so many “actresses” out there like Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, etc who are only hired for their looks… its stupid but it does matter sadly 🙁

cheeze.wiz
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cheeze.wiz

totally stupid… :)… not that I hate Jessica Alba, I do like her… but my god the woman can’t act! haha

Daisy
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Daisy

Who cares about her b~~~~? She’s a dancer, not a model. Boring story.

HB
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As someone who grew up dancing and attending the ballet somewhat regularly, I’ve witnessed the prized figure as lean, strong, thin, and pretty much flat chested.

liese
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liese

gymnasts and dancers often wear heavy duty sports bras that flatten the chest and streamline the figure, which apparently makes it easier to do certain moves…apparently b❆❆bs get in the way lol

HB
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Makes sense!!

a
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i find this odd becuase while I’m not a dancer I went to high school with plenty, and plenty of girls who did it in college or went to college for it……and wait for it……at least 60% had big o’l ones. maybe its becuase im in boston though

HB
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I know two dancers that had breast reductions because it made their centers of gravity better suited for dancing or something.

aaa
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what kind of dance? Ballet is the worst for body discrimination. My cousin couldn’t even continue with it because she was too “hippy” ie big and wide on the bottom, except she’s not even big and wide just normal female shape, in ballet if you’re not a twig you don’t make it, just look at all the professional companies. They all look like they barely eat, even some of the men (though some are also hot :p)

Ariadne
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Ariadne

Dancing professionally is different from dancing in college though. I think the point is, that you can be talented and it will get you through ballet school and maybe into a company but if your shape isn’t right, it will likely work against you despite the talent.

claud
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claud

dancers are under just as much pressure to be teeny (esp in the chest), it;s just not as publicized because dancers produce art whereas models sell clothes/produce profit. sure, modeling can be an art, but for the most part it’s to sell stuff. american culture has twisted ideas of art compared to european and south asian cultures.

HB
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Good point. And where modeling isn’t just to sell stuff, it’s not the model himself or herself that’s the artist– it’s the photographer, in my opinion.

HB
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Beautiful. I want to watch the show!
I love dancer movies.

Calia
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Calia

It’s a terrible show, except for the dancing, which is probably worth it alone. Tries hard and fails hard to be ‘deep’ and ‘cerebral.’

HB
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Aw that’s disappointing. But the dance scenes would be my main reason for watching, so maybe I’ll give it a try!

ar
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My internet sucks, so I read the quote before the pictures loaded, and expected someone atleast chubby LOL
She’s beautiful.

Guest

Dancing and gymnastics are similar in that regard, which is a shame because there’s not much you can do about breast size. With most “problem” areas there are exercises you can do to firm, tone etc if necessary for a given sport or endeavor.

She looks great though the gold dress is absolutely terrible.

CK
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I don’t know much about ballet, but i’ve always had the impression they prefer certain body type and or/frame&weight cos it’s needed for some moves to be easier/better or possible to be performed, for your body to learn to yield to them, and for your partner to be able to hold you, catch you, etc…i think that everything depends on the context, so in this particular context to me it doesn’t seem like a ridiculous body-shaming, i think those teachers choose particular types of figures cos they know how the body works in ballet&what is required to perfect the moves&become… Read more »
liv
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I dont think it’s just the site… I think it’s mainly what women are asked about

Ada
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A specific body type its NOT necessary to dance anything. I’m a professional dancer (not in ballet but still) and know many ballerinas and dancers of all styles and ALL body types who are amazing. Also, the size of dancers has shrinked (just like models have) in the past century, just google pictures of dancers in the past. I’m tired of that stereotype being perpetrated (perpetuated? english not my first language) by dancers and choreographers who are obsessed with fitting in with fashions and catering to what audiences “want to see” when they should be concerned about dancer’s health, diversity… Read more »
Ada
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And no, it’s not the same to dance and do sports, because even though there’s an art to sports, in dance there should be MORE that just technical virtuosity (but still you can achieve technical virtuosity to dance with any body type).

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