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Kendall Jenner responds to ballet shoot backlash: 'I just show up to do my job'

The model drew criticism for her incorrect form and improper dress after the shoot debuted.

By Annie Martin
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Kendall Jenner responds to ballet shoot backlash: 'I just show up to do my job'
Kendall Jenner at the Harper's Bazaar Icons party on September 9. File Photo by Andrea Hanks/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Kendall Jenner is speaking out about her controversial ballet photo shoot.

The 20-year-old model said on her website Thursday that she wasn't trying to "offend" anyone with her ballerina-inspired spread in the October issue of Vogue Spain.

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"It's so funny that people are getting pregnant and married -- or having crazy drama -- but my drama is ballerinas being upset at me! With my Vogue Spain shoot, I didn't even know I was going to be a ballerina until I went into hair and makeup," Jenner wrote. "I never said I knew ballet and I didn't practice beforehand. I just show up there to do my job!"

"I have so much respect for women who do their jobs really well and would never purposely try to offend anyone. It confuses me how people can get that upset when there are so many important things going on in the world. But, it's obviously not going to stop me from working hard and being me," she said.

Jenner, who was also featured in a ballet-inspired video for Vogue Spain, faced heavy backlash after the issue debuted in September. Dancers and dance instructors, including Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller, criticized the model for her incorrect form and improper dress.

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"[I] cannot be a fan of this shoot," Miller wrote in a since-deleted comment. "There are so many amazing dancers in the world... Kendall Jenner is not one of them!"

Jenner is known for her modeling work with Chanel and Balmain, and will walk for a second time in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in December. Close friends and fellow models Gigi and Bella Hadid will also take part in the show.

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