A clip from her Master Class detailing how she colors her own ballet shoes to match her skin tone went viral on social media yesterday. This morning, Copeland posted a video directing fans and followers to her new petition asking Apple to introduce a spectrum of shades for the pointe shoe emoji. It's amassed nearly 2K signatures in just a few hours.
“Fortunately, ballet shoe companies are beginning to embrace diversity by offering pointe shoes in various shades,” Copeland writes. “Yet, when I use Apple’s pointe shoe emoji, I only see “European Pink.” In an era where Apple showcases diversity across its emoji spectrum, why is the pointe shoe left behind?”
Copeland is asking followers to take to social media with #MakeAPointe.
“Every signature brings us one step closer to a world where ballet, both on the stage and in digital spaces, reflects all of us,” she writes.
The petition and a real-time signature count can be found at Change.org/MakeAPointe.