Ballet shoemaker releases shoes in different skin tones

A California ballet shoe company is stepping up to be more inclusive.

It has begun creating shoes in different flesh tones for the first time.

That allows dancers like 17-year-old Alaja Badalich to have pointe shoes that match her skin tone.

She says this saves her the costly and time-consuming process known as "pancaking" her pointe shoes.

That's when a ballerina will use liquid foundation and makeup swabs to paint their shoes to match their skin tone.

When a dancer's pointe shoes match their skin tone, it creates a long line that's aesthetically pleasing.

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