Meet Ingrid Silva, First Brazilian Black Ballerina on the Cover of Vogue

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When Ingrid was eight years old, she began ballet training at Dançando Para Não Dançar, a social project in Rio de Janeiro’s Mangueira slum in Brazil. Flash forward a decade plus later, and she’s a professional ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She is also the founder of EmpowHer New York, a digital platform for women to share their personal and career journeys. For the first time, a Black ballerina graces the cover of Vogue Brasil and that woman is Ingrid Silva.

The Brazilian ballet dancer Ingrid Silva, 31, has made history as the first Brazilian black ballerina to appear on the cover of Brazilian Vogue Magazine’s November 2020 Cover.

Image: Ingrid Silva

In a series of three instagram posts, she captions:

A day and a life to celebrate forever. This Vogue cover is a powerful in every single way. I’m living an incredible phase of my life, which is motherhood and transforming myself through my own discoveries. Being a mother, dancer, activist, business woman and much more. Dreams are possible! Representation is very important in every way. That’s exactly what this Cover is. I am representing black woman, Brazilian, ballerina (for those who dream or have dreamed). I am making history, being the first Brazilian black ballerina on the cover of Vogue. I’m sure my daughter will be proud of her parents. We’re already proud of you, our little one. I want Thank my husband for supporting me on this incredible journey, you are very special in our lives. My mom Maureny, thank you for all the lessons you thought me, this cover is also dedicated to you. Without you, I wouldn’t be what I am today. Ze gratitude for love and professionalism, this year has been truly magnificent, thank you for all the opportunities. Foto: @HenriqueGendre

In another post, she says:

Unapologetic, Blackness, Motherhood, Powerful Women, Beauty.

Ingrid Silva Graces Vogue November Cover.@voguebrasil

Foto: @HenriqueGendre/ Direção de moda: @PedroSales_1/ Beleza: @marianabull74Coordenação: @RenataGarciaC e @LaisFranklin/ Direção de arte: @JuliaKoalaReportagem: @LuandaVieira/ Produção Executiva: @moborges_ / Assistente de fotografia: @Hknyc8/ Joias: @bulgariAgenciamento: @o2opr @zemacedopr

Nothing is more powerful than fighting for the next generation, and now, to be actually responsible for it. -Ingrid Silva-

In 2018, TANTV correspondent Keoma (@keomala.hamer) interviewed Ingrid Silva. She was invited by United Nations to speak at Social Good Summit in conversation with Padma lakshmi and Achim Steiner on ‘How women are leading the call to leave no one behind’

Watch the interview here: 

Ingrid says that she founded EmpowHer New York in 2017.

Empowherny was born to foster the will for change within you. Our goal has always been to create a safe environment for people to share their history in a judgment-free zone, encouraging dialogue in an empathetic term.We are a platform that generates opportunities for education and network for those aspiring to claim their own path.

She’s also the Co Founder of Blacks in Ballet with the purpose of highlighting black ballet dancers and sharing their stories. Every black ballet dancer has a different background, a different path, a different story to tell, and that’s what we want to share with the world, she says.

In 2020, she appeared in a Nike advertisement celebrating Black History Month, narrated by Serena Williams. She was in Dove #MyHairMyWay. Introducing Amplified Textures in 2020 celebrating how important is diversity and curly hair. Also in 2020 She was featured in AT&T Commercial. In September 2020 she was in Facebook Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month campaign.

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