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The ballet community has been up in arms over the controversial remarks New York Times critic made about Jenifer Ringer’s weight in her Nutcracker performance. And now, Ringer has come out and plainly stated her position: “I am not overweight.”
She acknowledged that as a dancer she puts herself out their to be scrutinized, but that she firmly believes she isn’t overweight. Although she did admit that the comments he made did sting.
“It made me feel bad. It is embarrassing to see something bad written about yourself in print. I had to tell myself that was one person’s opinion out of 2,000 people who were there. The outpouring of people who leapt to my defense was wonderful.”
Ringer opened up about how difficult it is to work in a field where your body is constantly scrutinized:
“It is a field where our bodies are important. As dancers, we are taught to try to be perfect in every way. I was 16 when I became a professional. I don’t think I was prepared to cope with being in an adult performing world. I think my coping mechanisms turned into eating disorders and body-image issues.”
We sympathize with Ringer and admire her attitude about the situation. She picked a tough career and is handling with supreme grace!!