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"Ballet pink" tights and palest-pink slippers. "Nude" fabrics that match only the lightest of skin tones. Unfortunately, many dancewear staples have historically been available only in a single "flesh tone" that tended to exclude non-Caucasian dancers.

Thankfully, in recent years dancewear companies have begun to respond to this issue, offering more varied shades of tights, pointe shoes, body tights, etc. (One former Knicks City Dancer even made inclusiveness the foundation of her business model.) Now, you can also get foundation garments that suit your unique skin tone with the new Mariia True Bare Collection.

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Ballet Stars
Rachel Papo for Pointe.

New York City Ballet's Miriam Miller prefers a pared-down look when she's not onstage or on the runway. The corps member and DNA Management model has established her own off-duty uniform, often made up of various items from her travels. "When we're on tour, I'll get something at a consignment shop just to have a little memory of being in a new city," Miller says, adding that she buys most of her clothes from consignment and thrift stores. Though she doesn't stick to any particular brands, Miller does have a few favorite styles, like her high-waisted bell-bottoms. "I like the way the relaxed flare looks," she explains, "plus, they're more comfortable than skinny jeans after a show. And color-wise, I like neutrals with an accessory pop of light pink or purple or blue."

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Stroming guestin in Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou. Photo by Aaron Hogan, Courtesy Stroming.

You could say that Alison Stroming is a model ballerina, literally. This spring, when the Dance Theatre of Harlem member appeared in store signs and a TV commercial for Tumi luggage with dancer-contortionist RubberLegz, she joined an exclusive list of ballet dancers who star in national advertising campaigns, like American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland and San Francisco Ballet's Maria Kochetkova.

A former competition dancer who started training in jazz, tap and hip hop as a preschooler, Stroming has pursued modeling nearly as long as she's been dancing. She landed her first gig, a photo shoot for Costume Gallery, at just 8 years old while competing at Starpower. “Someone approached my mom and me, and asked if I wanted to do a photo shoot," she remembers. “I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, yes." She's modeled consistently for costume catalogs, dancewear lines and Capezio ever since.

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