Hi all! Today I am sharing the second part of The Business of Ballet, a piece that I wrote for Vogue's Annual Talent Competition 2017. If you haven't read the first part- you should start here. I hope you enjoy!
The Business of Ballet (part 2)
My following question was a bit more serious: “In your own words, describe feminism” she paused, contemplating her response.
Personally, there was one question on of my list that I needed to ask her. I asked her: ‘In what ways do you think that you and I are alike?’ A question I asked, not looking for compliments, but a raw answer.
“Ooh Kessley, I think it’s the inner Beyoncé” she joked at first, before her and I shared a brief chuckle about my very evident love of Beyoncé. “I think you’ve got a lot of drive, and I think that’s probably something that I had. I wanted to do well and was willing to work hard. So I think in that sense I don’t doubt that you will be hugely successful. While Payne has never taught me personally, I do look up to her as a successful business woman and entrepreneur
We finished with her definition of feminism.
“My idea of feminism is for women to have the choice to make decisions based on what is best for them without prejudice. I do not believe you should be judged for the choices you make – if you want to be a stay at home mum then that is great – good for you! If you want to be a business woman – great! If you want to be a scientist – great!! Make your own choices and be confident in them – do not feel you have to justify your decisions. Feminism should not be about undermining men – I have a son who I adore and think he is amazing! I also have a daughter who I adore and believe she is amazing too. Some women have a natural maternal instinct and some don’t!” she continued on. “If you want to cook and clean for your family and nurture them (in whatever way) why should you have to justify this. If you would rather not then who are we to judge! Personally I enjoy both – I love looking after my kids and my home but I also love going to work and facing the different challenges each day. Feminism is having the choice to be who you want to be – life is not always easy and often things don’t go the way we want but if you want something you have the power to make it happen! Take responsibility for your life and for what you want out of it – it’s your story and your journey so make it count. I love being a woman and am proud to be a mother and to have my own business but I also love the men in my life (my son, my brothers, my nephews and my best friend) very much and respect them as I hope they respect me.”
As I concluded this interview Payne introduced me to a quote that I now love “A girl should be two things; Who and what she wants” Coco Chanel
-So, what did you think? I had a lot of fun working on this piece and I think that this piece came out great! I hope you liked! Let me know in the comments!