This is the fourth article of our Knitted Strong interview series. We interviewed people in the dance community who are fighting for inclusion and diversity about why having tights that match dancer's skin tones is important. Read what dancer Mariah has to say below.
How did you first come across Artist Universe and their brand of Tagless Tights?
Mariah: I tried them on for Mrs. Anekia at the dance studio.
What conversation do you feel needs to be had more in dance studios across the country and world?
Mariah- I feel that dance should be more welcoming to people who are different. I think that the dancers see each other but they don’t have the voice all the time to say we want brown tights , or I’m built different than what is shown on tv. I wish the people who would make things for dancers would look at everyone not just the ideal dancer, because dance is a reflection of everyone not just one type of person.
How did Tagless Tights make you feel?
Mariah- I was shocked! I had to make sure that they were real. I have never seen brown tights.
What kind of hope do you see for the future for dancers of color?
Mariah- I see dancers of color being just like everyone else in the dance world. I would love to see dancers of color being accepted in whatever shape, color and size they come in.
What does the Tagless Tights message, "Knitted Strong. Wonderfully Made. Just like you!" mean to you?
Mariah: I’m beautiful and stronger in the skin that God gave me. I don’t have to change a thing.