And then Andy asks, "Paige, do you still Lindsay is a phony?" and she says, "to be totally honest, I don't think Lindsay liked me from the first day I walked into the house two summer ago. And for her to say she was trying to get Hannah to make up with us during her birthday, she never used the words 'you guys should make up'. She actually used the words 'you should call them out,' I think she liked that there was some type of rift happening."
Not only do I now own a fine pair of Ugg boots from the heaven that is Westfield London, along with the domain name hannahjdavies.com, I have also had my first Dazed Digital article which is here!! yes click here!!
Something that continuously fascinates me about both Hannah and Naomi Davis (another famous Mormon momfluencer) is their narrative of being Juilliard dancers who gave it all up. They get into this majorly elite school, and then they communicate to their audiences that they were totally happy to leave it all behind to get married and have babies. And this narrative has always bugged me. The seeming simplicity of it.
But it's embedded in ballet as well. It's embedded in the general experience of womanhood as well. It\u2019s like, yeah, suffering is part of this, so why are you even complaining? Like, of course it hurts to turn your legs out to 180 degrees. Of course it hurts to dance on your fucking toes. We weren't designed to do this. It's supposed to hurt. It's supposed to be work and so you're simultaneously in this situation where you're like, this is nothing like what I was promised, but it's also exactly what I was promised and so I can't complain about it. I'm supposed to take my small scrap of transcendence and feel like I like I've been properly compensated.
And like, I understand that this juxtaposition is what's so powerful to so many people. It\u2019s feeding into that idea of the ballerina as this person that doesn't really exist in the real world. This totally reified person.
You would be surprised how much of that initial deep joy you find in dancing gets completely stripped down by serious dance training and particularly by elite ballet training. And while it\u2019s unclear if Hannah shares those dancing videos because she\u2019s aware they are valuable as content or because she actually felt like dancing in that moment, I do think the joy is what's being communicated. Like, I just finished milking the cow and I look like crap, but you know what? I feel like dancing and so I'm going to dance. And I don\u2019t know if that\u2019s part of the glamorized humility thing, but I do think it\u2019s part of the performance of authenticity, the very affected not-trying-ness of it all. 2b1af7f3a8