Standing Ovation From PETA: Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers

For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

New York – With vegan options skyrocketing in popularity, Rebelle, a line of fabulous vegan ballet slippers is now available from Cynthia King, founder of the Brooklyn-based dance studio of the same name. The groundbreaking slippers feature lightweight stretch canvas, presewn elastics, and a synthetic split sole.

“Cynthia King’s elegant and durable animal-friendly ballet slippers are on pointe,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is sure that they’ll raise the barre when it comes to vegan clothing and footwear options for the stage.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that cows killed for the leather used in traditional ballet slippers may be skinned and dismembered in slaughterhouses while they’re still conscious. Additionally, turning animal skin into leather requires the use of toxic chemicals, including cyanide, and produces a massive amount of carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to climate change. Compassionate dancers can make a difference today by leaving leather out of their dancewear and, instead, choosing from the dozens of durable, stylish, vegan materials that are available everywhere—including in Cynthia King’s Rebelle line.

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