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My Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

My Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Ingrid Silva grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and moved to New York at the age of 18 to study at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ten years later, Ingrid is now a leading member of the company and founder of EmpowHer New York, a global women’s group. Here, she shares a nightly ritual for keeping her skin in shape and the best sweat-proof makeup she uses on-stage and off…

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

How does your day typically start?
I get up, grab some fruit and tea, and I’m at ballet class with the company by 9 a.m. We break around 10:30 to eat something, then rehearse until 5 or 6. I’m usually home by around 7 p.m. — unless we’re performing.

What do you do to keep your energy up?
I drink a lot of water, and Gatorade is my go-to for energy. For snacks, I like bananas and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal. So good! It’s a long day, and if we’re performing it’s a seven-day week.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Wow. I imagine your evenings are mostly about rest then?
Yes. I go home, relax, cook and hang out with my French bulldog, Frida. I do more stuff on the weekends — go for brunch or cocktails with my friends — but on weeknights, after dancing all day, I don’t have the strength to do anything else!

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

What do you do in terms of recovery? Do you have an evening routine?
I take a REALLY hot shower. I just got this aromatherapy shower gel from Bath & Body Works called Comfort. It smells delicious — like vanilla and patchouli. I bought a body cream and a candle in the same fragrance. If I’m in any kind of pain, I use lavender-scented epsom salts in the bath. The lavender-scented kind are my favorite. It feels like they’re sucking the pain out of your body.

Are there any performances you’re particularly proud of?
One ballet that meant a lot to me was Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven by Ulysses Dove. It’s about how nothing can separate you from the one you love — not even death. I learned that ballet shortly after my goddaughter passed away, so it was a story I felt very deeply.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

What’s your haircare routine?
One product I’ve liked for a long time is Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue. It makes my curls defined, and you don’t need any styling tools to use it — not even a comb. I can just apply it with my fingers and my curls are perfect. I also like Beleza Natural, a Brazilian brand for natural hair. They have a salon in Harlem, and I go there for a conditioning treatment whenever I have the time. But their at-home products — like shampoo and deep conditioner — work really well, too.

I imagine your skin goes through a lot, as a dancer. What do you do for skin care?
I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible. In the morning, I just wash my face and body, and put on moisturizer. I love Kiehl’s calendula cleanser. Sometimes in the shower I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub. For moisturizer, I change it up a lot, but right now I’m using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer — the kind with SPF 15. I don’t usually wear makeup because, of course, I’m dancing all day and we sweat. Like, a lot. At night, I do like to do a face mask.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

What kind of masks do you like?
Ooh, all of them! Since we’re sweating and touching each other at the studio all day, I turn to masks to keep my pores clean and open. I really like Kiehl’s aloe hydration mask for moisturizing. But my favorite masks are ‘unicorn’ masks — which look sparkly and colorful when you put them on. I like the Glow Up, Skin mask from The Crème Shop. Oh, I also just got my first foot mask! It’s so cool. I got the Peeling Foot Mask from Oh K!, a Korean beauty brand.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Do you do anything different on nights when you go out?
If I’m going out, I use Valjean Labs’ Glow facial serum, which has vitamin C, instead of my regular moisturizer. It gives you a glow, but it’s really light. For makeup, I’ve been using MAC for a while now, because they make foundation in my skin tone. I use the Studio Tech foundation in NC50, Studio Fix powder in NW45, Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit, and the Veluxe Brow Liner in Velvetstone. I also use MAC when I perform because it never comes off no matter how much I sweat.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Speaking of makeup, you’ve talked about the process of dyeing your shoes with foundation, so they match your skin. Can you tell us about that?
Yes, it’s something many dancers of color do. When Dance Theater of Harlem was founded, the director Arthur Mitchell decided the company should wear skin-colored shoes and tights. But I wear Chacott shoes, and they don’t make them in my skin color. Most brands don’t. So, I use Black Opal foundation to paint my shoes. I use their Ebony Brown shade, which makes the shoes match my skin perfectly on stage. I’d been doing this for ten years — spending almost $1,000 a year on foundation for my shoes.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Wow.
Yeah! It’s a lot for a dancer! I don’t think people realized this was a thing. After I mentioned it in an interview a few years ago, suddenly brown pointe shoes were a topic of interest. The company reached out to me saying, ‘We had no idea!’ And they offered to sponsor me and send me the makeup for free. It’s such an important issue in terms of diversity in dance. Just recently, a couple brands started making brown shoes — and that’s progress, but I also feel like why did it take so long? It’s not as though there were no dancers of color, because clearly there were. Brands really need to invest in us, and do more research as well, because not every black or brown person has the same skin color. This isn’t just an issue in ballet attire, of course. It’s the whole world. It’s hard for women like me to find, say, skin-colored underwear or skin-colored tights. It’s like, ‘Um, we’re here. Hello?’

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Have you seen more diversity in the dance world since you started?
Yes. Definitely. You see more dancers of color, for sure. But we still need a lot more — not just one in a company. There are so many talented dancers all over the world, looking for opportunities. The dance companies should be looking for us. If they want to build something for the next generation, they need to make something that reflects the way the world looks.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

And what about that rising generation of dancers? What would you want them to know?
That it’s so important to consistently believe in yourself and find the love for what you do. Being a dancer is a full-time commitment and you have to trust yourself — and surround yourself with the right people, who will keep encouraging you. Because you’re going to hear a lot of ‘No.’ Remaining positive is key.

Beauty Uniform: Ingrid Silva

Thank you so much, Ingrid!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including an award-winning author and a head-wrap designer.

(Fourth photo by Aaron Pegg. Top photo by Erika Garrido. Second photo by Kyle Froman. Third photo by Kimberly M. Wang. Fifth photo by Ana Paula Tizzi. Eighth photo by Michelle Cadari. Ninth photo by Rachel Neville. Tenth photo by An Rong Xu. Dyeing shoe photo by An Rong Xu for the NYTimes. All other photos courtesy of Ingrid Silva.)

  1. Bailey says...

    Several years ago, Dance Theatre of Harlem (including Ingrid!) performed in Minneapolis. I attend dance performances regularly and I had never before been moved to tears until I saw the DToH Company perform Alvin Ailey’s “The Lark Ascending.” I still get shivers when I think of that performance. Thank you, Ingrid.

  2. CT says...

    I’ve been following Ingrid on Instagram for a while, it’s great to find out a bit more about her here. I’d love to read more on her, especially what she wears in a week, her dance training and how she became so great at it.

  3. Wendela says...

    Beautiful and inspiring! My daughter is a dancer and I agree that everyone in the dance world will benefit from opening the doors and increasing representation of under represented groups in the dance world! Thanks for featuring this woman!

  4. kel says...

    Tears…there is still beauty in the world!

  5. Chelsey says...

    Gah!!! She is simply stunning!

  6. K says...

    such a lovely post! she is stunning and so talented. Thank you for sharing <3

  7. Meems says...

    Ingrid, you are a beautiful woman and artist. I looked at your website and am excited to see you are performing in Philadelphia this weekend. I, like other readers, thought “I have to see her in performance”. What a stunning silhouette. Praying your hard work and dedication continues to bear you much fruit.

  8. Priscilla says...

    Great piece! Parabéns, Ingrid! Muito orgulho de ver outros brasileiros se sucedendo neste país. Keep on inspiring!

  9. Kat says...

    One of my absolute fave beauty uniforms to date! Xx

  10. Maryse says...

    OMG. We were on a holiday in NYC and visiting the carrousel when that picture with the cardboars dress was taken. Now I’m starstruck in retrospect..

  11. florence says...

    What a beauty, inside and out! So inspiring, breaking down barriers in the dance world. Hopefully more companies and people are becoming aware of the need for diversity in ‘nude’ shades for all products. So nuts that she had to pay out of pocket to dye her shoes!

  12. Raquel says...

    Ingrid, voce eh MUITO maravilhosa! Sou sua fa nao eh de hoje! Muito bom te ver aqui <3

  13. Silvia says...

    Beautiful and so graceful! I’m also from Rio de Janeiro and it’s really great to see Ingrid’s success. Parabéns!!

  14. Marcelle says...

    MARAVILHOSA!

  15. Valeria says...

    It’s undeniable she is beautiful and has strong muscles, heart included.

  16. Lorena says...

    ❤️❤️❤️
    I’m a dancer of color, I’m a brown Latina, we exist!
    Beautiful and strong Ingrid – excellent interview.
    Dance Theater of Harlem – THE BEST company ever. When I first saw them in the 80’s here in L..A., it was like the sky cracked open and these beautiful dancers that looked like me spilled out of Heaven onto the stage.

  17. Anna says...

    So beautiful I could burst.

  18. Yen says...

    Such beautiful dance poses!

  19. Emily says...

    Ingrid seems so strong, focused, joyful. Awesome insight on dancer life plus beauty in and out.
    Loved this and looking forward to seeing more of Ingrid, especially with my ballet obsessed five year old.

  20. Marissa Biddle says...

    Amazing Ingrid! Que orgulho!

  21. Steph says...

    Loved this interview!

  22. Caitlin L. says...

    OMG what a beauuuuuuty! She seems lovely <3

  23. Cynthia says...

    Ingrid is stunning. She glows!!! Having dance shoes to match your skin tone makes your legs look longer, whether it’s ballet or ballroom. I love the beauty uniform posts.

  24. Jen says...

    I love her! She makes my black ballerina dreams come true. I have the same well very similar hair care routine. Not too fancy but wash day is work lol I’m so happy for her she will do wonders I hope to see her perform what natural beauty and intellect she has.

    • Ingrid Silva says...

      Thank you, that means a lot come see me perform in New York April 10-13. More info on my website http://www.ingridsilvaballet.com

  25. Jessica says...

    I was just reading another article a few days ago about how limiting the term nude is in fashion, and what a challenge it is for women of colour to find products geared to their skin tone. It went into detail about the ballerina shoe issue, so that was literally the first thing I thought to check out in these gorgeous photos. It’s really quite baffling that by 2019, the beauty/fashion industry has not corrected this insane oversight. When people question why its important/necessary to push for diversity in company’s hiring practices, these types of issues highlight the reason.

    For those that are interested, the article I read also featured a Toronto-based startup that is making nude bras/underwear for women of colour. It was founded by a black women, Chantal Carter Taylor, who is a fashion stylist and got frustrated with not being able to find these products herself. Her company is called Love & Nudes, and she seems to also focus on ensuring the garments are made ethically.

  26. Akc says...

    Ingrid you are one of the most gorgeous human beings I have ever seen. You radiate beauty.

  27. Laura C. says...

    I love this, she is stunning and the pictures are gorgeous. Bravo.

  28. Susan says...

    Beautiful!

  29. Allyson says...

    She’s so lovely and now I need a dark green polka dot swim suit!

  30. AJ says...

    Beautiful! Such great style. I have SO much respect for ballet dancers, such a beautiful art and awesome dedication. Inspirational

  31. Ceridwen says...

    Love her! Wonderful post.

  32. JODIE says...

    That shot of her with the pink beret…perfection. I had no idea the color of ballet shoes is so limited although not surprised I guess because it seems to be a common thread in a lot of products. Business venture anyone? Seems like a seriously missed opportunity!

  33. Claire says...

    The photo with a red background made me literally gasp it was so beautiful!

  34. Ashley says...

    What a lovely interview! You are a remarkable role model, Ingrid.

  35. Fiona says...

    Oooooh what a beauty! I just forwarded this to my friend whose daughter is 5 and struggling with her black body and hair living in Mexico, she will be beside herself to see someone built like her just GLOWING! Thank you for sharing

  36. Paige says...

    Thank you Ingrid!!! Glow, baby, glow!

  37. Sarah says...

    would love to know where she got that bangin’ black leather jacket!!!

  38. Daniela says...

    it’s so nice to see brazilian women showing us all our possibilities and also our way of seeing the small and beautiful parts of our lives.
    Ingrid, você é maravilhosa!

  39. Heather says...

    So much beauty!!!

  40. Pearl says...

    I hear you! You are beautiful, inside and out. When I looked at the first picture (on the bridge), I thought – what cool looking ballet slippers, I want those – without knowing what an ordeal it would be to get shoes that color.

  41. Marie Jowett says...

    Stunning!

  42. Elisabeth says...

    “If they want to build something for the next generation, they need to make something that reflects the way the world looks.” — YES!!! Ingrid’s statement should apply not only to dance companies, but also corporations, universities, government….

  43. Elise says...

    LOVE this. Amazing woman, fabulous profile!

  44. Kathleen says...

    Inspiring! What a gorgeous woman, inside and out. I really loved the point about the difficulty of finding skin colored tights and underwear. It really painted a picture for me about how certain groups are so underrepresented. Thankful for ladies like Ingrid and Cup of Jo who bring attention to such great topics.

    • Sasha L says...

      Kathleen, may I amend your thoughtful words? “…. about how certain groups are so underrepresented.” When I read this (and I completely agree with you and think you totally get it), I was struck by the vagueness of “certain groups.” I realize this is very common language, the language most of us speak, but it’s also language that ignores, leaves out, minimizes our history, and that I think continues the oppression in subtle ways. I think saying, instead of “certain groups”, “groups which were historically, and continue to be currently, oppressed….” is truthful. Because there is nothing random about these groups, right? Their underrepresentation today (in colors of ballet shoes and tights, and in government, among other places) is part of a very very long and continuing history of oppression.

  45. Dienesa says...

    Changing up moisturizers – does anyone else do this??? I rotate lotions and chapsticks often because my skin will get used to one and dry up again. I can never tell if it is the moisturizer or me…

    • Rue says...

      The only chapstick I haven’t abandoned is Dr Bronner’s naked organic lip balm. Light blue tube, can usually find at Target. I learned from the website Beautypedia that if you have sensitive skin, lots of moisturizers and lip balms can irritate your skin, making you think you need to put on more, and then you’re trapped! Since I read about this, I started to notice the connection between new lip balms and lip irritation. Dr. Bronner’s is the only surefire one for me so far, along aquaphor for wintertime emergencies, or in a real pinch, Neutrogena hand cream on my lips underneath other lip balm. Speaking of, that Neutrogena fragrance free hand cream is my go-to hand lotion, and the basic Aveeno body lotion with the green cap is my go-to body lotion. CeraVe PM face lotion for my face, along with Elta UV Clear sunscreen, and this First Aid beauty clear serum in a pump bottle that is MAGIC in the winter but superlight. Straying from any of those products is just asking my skin for trouble. Sigh. Well, that got long, but sensitive skin has mostly been about trial-and-error for me, and I wish it weren’t!

    • Megan says...

      My routines and products are very different in winter and summer. So it’s not just you!!

    • Dienesa says...

      Ooooh, just added the First Aid beauty clear serum to my cart. Thanks Rue & Megan!

  46. Sarah says...

    My (LOVELY) 6 year old daughter looks like Ingrid and doesn’t always feel like she is beautiful. I can’t wait to show her these photos of Ingrid and tell her that they are on a “beauty” website. She will be thrilled by the tutus. And maybe she will notice the curly hair that looks like hers. :)

    Ingrid, you are so, so beautiful–and you have a message and truth to share! Thank you for shining your light!

    • Sasha L says...

      This makes me so happy. I hope your daughter loves seeing Ingrid!

    • Kelly says...

      SAME…was just trying to figure out how to remember to show this to my brown-skinned, coily-haired, adorable spitfire 8 year old. I have been meaning for years to start a wall of pics of beautiful brown women for her, and one of Ingrid’s photos above might be my starting point.

  47. Heidi says...

    I could read stories about ballet dancers all day. This was a beautiful post. What a treat to read about such a strong woman, inside and out!

  48. Mel says...

    Oh lordy, she’s got to have one of the most beautiful faces i’ve ever seen.

    Also, I love that the brands and products she shared are every day things every day women use and buy. The thing about dying her shoes with foundation?! good lord, that crazy! A $1,000 price tag that white dancers don’t have. So glad companies reached out to her afterward and are taking notice. Whew.

    • Marissa says...

      I thought the same thing about the price tag. I hope the dance company gave her a stipend or something to cover those costs to create some sense of equity in the shoe space (to start) among their dancers. Why should she have to pay more because it’s not made for her?

  49. liz says...

    wow, she’s amazing!

  50. CS says...

    Omg! She is stunning, inspiring, talented…so lovely.

  51. Maranda says...

    She is so stunning! I really enjoyed reading this Beauty Uniform.

  52. Molly says...

    Wow, beautiful. She had such great energy, I felt it through the screen of my computer. Love this series.

  53. Abigail Diego says...

    That photo of the brown costume outside is GORGEOUS! What a lovely conversation- dancers have such commitment to their passion!

  54. What a lovely beauty uniform and Ulysses Dove is my cousin (May he Rest In Peace). It’s so cool that she referenced one of his pieces.

    • Emma says...

      how cool!

  55. Michelle Bengson says...

    What a beautiful soul inside and out!

  56. Sydni Jackson says...

    She’s amazing!! So gorgeous and she seems so down to earth. Thank you for sharing!

  57. I’ve just spent a good 30 mins looking through her instagram. What an amazing dancer she is. I had absolutely no idea about the dyeing of the tights and shoes. It’s crazy. The companies who make these things need to wise up.

  58. Jasmin says...

    You are so beautiful Ingrid. I love this beauty uniform very much and I am also curious: Do Ingrid have a dogsitter or how does the manage having a dog and working all day?

  59. Mélina says...

    What a wonderful beauty uniform! I was amazed by her Brown pointes, we definitly need more representativity in so many areas. Thanks for sharing this. And Ingrid is gorgeous!

  60. Becca says...

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  61. Sherry McLaughlin says...

    She is marvelous, what a strong powerful lady. A great role model for all young girls today.

  62. Katherine says...

    The image of her by the bridge in the structured black tutu and top is astonishing! It looks like a still from some gorgeous art film.

  63. rachel says...

    she is an absolute doll!

  64. J says...

    Ingrid, you are stunning! The photo of you in the origami-looking dress is breathtaking.

  65. Isabel says...

    Such a powerful and beautiful woman! Had never thought about the shoes, thanks for the eye opening!
    E que orgulho uma brasileira poderosa aqui ❤️

  66. mb says...

    She’s awesome!

  67. Loved this one! Especially from the question about dyeing shoes on… Thank you, Ingrid.

  68. Veronica says...

    Please do some more features with The Dance Theatre of Harlem! It is such an interesting company!

  69. GoldenMoon says...

    What a light! I love her power, dedication, passion and vibrant beauty. I can almost feel her dance in the pictures. It is pathetic that it’s taking so long for companies (of all sorts) to represent all skin tones. Thanks for sharing your story. Keep doing your thing and sharing your amazing gift with the world.

  70. Kate says...

    LOVE this series and particularly this one, as I’m a dancer myself.
    Such a great insight into other ways of living and lives. Thank you :)

  71. Robin says...

    She’s beautiful. So inspiring. I’m a former ballerina and to see one so beautiful, muscular and of color is so refreshing. I love that she is so real!

  72. Megan says...

    <3 <3 <3

  73. Alli says...

    Loved this Beauty Uniform! Ingrid is just bubbling with confidence and personality – and those DANCING PHOTOS! Jaw dropping.

    I heard Ingrid talk about dying her shoes a few months ago and it was the first I had heard of the practice – it made me sad (and upset? frustrated? shameful? embarrassed? a bit of all of those) to think of ANOTHER thing that I take for granted being a white woman. Thank you for sharing Ingrid’s beautiful personality & perspective, which encourages me to pause and reflect on my assumptions and privilege.

    • A Martin says...

      Wow, she is GORGEOUS!!! I hope she gets funding to start a ballet apparel company for dancers of color 🥰🥰🥰😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️💕

  74. Alison Briggs says...

    I love this! I was admiring her toe shoes in all the images and was amazed at how beautifully they matched her skin color, only to keep scrolling and learn how they are dyed! I naively thought how wonderful it was that the brands made shoes in so many skin tones – which they absolutely should! hoping this post (and you Ingrid!) will inspire more brands to do this!

  75. Amy says...

    This woman is gorgeous!

  76. Ashley B says...

    Like many young girls I always daydreamed about being a ballerina when I was a child but unfortunately never found my way into dance. Still find dancers fascinating and loved reading about a day in the life of one. She looks so graceful and beautiful.

  77. Karen Leung says...

    This story is SO good and Ingrid just glows!

  78. K says...

    Loved this!

  79. Jeanne says...

    I’m so excited you explained how you dyed your pointe shoes. My daughter dances so I immediately noticed that yours disappeared against your skin, especially the ribbon and I wondered how. Of course when I mentioned the foundation to my daughter, she was like Duh Mom.

  80. Lauren Cesca says...

    What a radiant, positively gorgeous woman. I love that beach photo! Thanks for representing diverse women of all colors, sizes and bodies.

  81. Karen says...

    Ingrid, you are amazing! Wishing you all the best. I hope we see more ballet shoe brands offering brown tones…come on, Chacott!

  82. Gabby says...

    Her having to dye her ballet shoes broke my heart.
    Love this interview … her voice, her style, her curls. Just love it.

  83. Nat says...

    Awesome to see such a beautiful and talented woman breaking barriers. Thank you for sharing your beauty tips and secrets (and kudos to Black Opal!). Much love and success to you, Ingrid.

  84. Sonya Gropman says...

    Wonderful profile of Ingrid! I was aware that dancers of colour dyed their shoes, but I had NO IDEA they paid for it out of pocket!! That’s crazy, and I’m so glad that Ingrid got sponsorship — hopefully all other dancers of colour will be able to get their shoe dying expenses covered as well.

  85. Wendy says...

    The thing about using foundation to dye her shoes is so interesting, I’m glad I got to read about that.

  86. Lynn says...

    Beautiful! I really enjoyed this!

  87. MegB says...

    Loved this! The skin tone dance shoes thing pisses me off, though! All the little challenges non-white people have to face on the daily. So frustrating that we haven’t moved farther forward on these issues by now!

  88. Jeannie says...

    What a beautiful, talented woman! And that first photo – look at those feet!

  89. Marlena says...

    As a lifelong dancer, all I can focus on is feet. (That sounds very creepy to non-dancers) Ingrid has great feet and amazing lines! :) I’m so happy to see a dancer featured here. Her beauty uniform is her entire body and essence. I love it!

  90. Gosh I love the Beauty Uniform series so much. Thank you for making such incredible, inspiring women accessible to your readers!

  91. Wow! I didn’t know about the ballet shoes. I just assumed they sold them in all kinds of colors! Ut’s so true that we need to make sure that everyone is represented in our world.

  92. Nina says...

    Yeah, the skin-coloured underwear issue is a real problem! There are one or two companies doing a wider range now, but when you add in fit and fabric preferences, ethical manufacturing concerns, etc there’s just barely any choice at all. Even companies that champion more diverse models often only have white skin-tone options. Not to mention that very often the white skin colour will be called ‘Flesh’ or ‘Nude’ or ‘Skin’, and the darker skin colours will be named after foods (‘Chocolate’, ‘Caramel’, etc). I make my own underwear now – it’s easier to find fabric in the right colour or dye your own. It seems a real shame that it was the makeup company and not the pointe shoe company that stepped up for this dancer.

    • AJ says...

      Yes, to all of this! “Nude” is not a specific color.

      Another thing that bothers me is the very limited options for band aids and skin treatment strips that match darker skin tones. Just one example: most keloid covers/treatment strips are a lighter brown, although darker skin tends to scar more.

      Some companies seem to be embracing diversity, but how truly committed are they?

  93. Jen says...

    She is beyond gorgeous.

  94. Nina says...

    Wow. She is perfection

  95. t says...

    Ingrid, thank you for sharing. I am always fascinated by people who have such passion, talent and dedication. I am always amazed how someone can dedicate so much free time to their craft but then i see the reward of your craft is now your job so win-win! Good for you! And you are such a beauty! Keep shining!

  96. Lauren E says...

    I’m so so glad you interviewed a dancer!! I’m fascinated by their routines, what they eat, how they stay healthy. Fantastic piece.

  97. Keegan says...

    The expressions of joy and playfulness in the second photo (the one with Ingrid in red and another dancer in light blue) made my heart ache with tenderness. To see people moving their bodies together in celebration and joy and mutual support is so wonderful and so refreshing…and so EMBODIED. Thank you for sharing your story Ingrid!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too! loved that shot so much!

  98. Alyssa says...

    good lord she is STUNNING.

  99. Jen says...

    Gorgeous and inspiring!

  100. michaela says...

    Wow, really interesting that as a dancer, Ingrid likes the foot peel mask! I’ve always wanted to try one, but as a hiker, I worry that it would make my feet too sensitive. My calluses are hard-won and help keep my feet comfy on the trail, and I guess I assumed it would be the same for dancing. Maybe I’ll give it a shot!

    • t says...

      I am not a hiker or a dancer but I also love my calluses. I don’t understand everyone wanting to remove them? How do you walk on hot sand all summer? I am always so proud of my summer feet but then again I spend many days at the beach in the summer.

    • Kim says...

      I can’t speak for everyone’s feet, but when I did one it didn’t make my feet feel sensitive. I was surprised she would use one just because the flaking can be…a little gross.

  101. L8Blmr says...

    Thanks you, Ingrid! Such a stunningly beautiful and strong young woman you are…I loved reading about a woman of color’s take on a traditionally Caucasian world. You are making progress for yourself and future generations. I hope to be able to see you dance one day.

  102. Fiona Lee says...

    Thank you for highlighting some really affordable/attainable products!You are gorgeous and so inspiring!

  103. Jackie says...

    Love everything about this!!

  104. Luciana Clark says...

    Congrats, Ingrid! You look amazing and I was really inspired by your story! So good to see another fellow Brazilian shining abroad! Muito sucesso, sua linda!!