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She may be one of 2016’s biggest stars, but that doesn’t mean everyone is a fan of Kendall Jenner’s work.

The 20-year-old model has enraged members of the ballet community with her latest shoot for Vogue Spain as it shows her posing in a tutu, pointe shoes, leotard and leg warmers, something which many dancers find “disrespectful”.

Dance Spirit has claimed that the images and accompanying video of Kendall trying to “do ballet” are “pretty disrespectful to the artists who devote their lives to this demanding craft”.

 

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“This makes us especially sad because the Vogue family is usually SO GREAT when it comes to ballet.  They feature beautiful dancers all the time,” they continued.

The video – which has 8.6 million views on Kendall’s Instagram page – shows the popular reality star acting playfully in a dance studio as she describes how she loves “being a kid” and “being super adventurous”.

 

Spanish Vogue by @miguelreveriego

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Twitter is even less impressed with this set-up than Dance Spirit, with users writing: “How dare Vogue Spain make a video with Kendall Jenner attempting ballet.  That’s BS.  USE REAL DANCERS FOR THAT.”

And: “If you go into a ballet class lookin like Kendall Jenner in her new photos you WILL get kicked out (sic).”

We've a feeling this drama isn't going away any time soon.

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So, this month there is an 18-year old on the cover of Italian Vogue.

His name is Aidan Walsh and he’s from Barefield in Ennis, Co. Clare. He appears to be making a bit of a name for himself in the London fashion scene.

Since 2014 he’s been based in the city at the Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance where he is continuing his dance training. According to the Clare Herald he was spotted at the age of 12 at a Ballet Ireland course and was thought to be something of a prodigy.

Aside from his studies, Aidan has been doing some modelling and doing it very well it would seem.

He’s represented by the Tomorrow is Another Day Model Agency in London.

Before moving to London Aidan had trained at various dance companies and schools in Ireland which included Youth Ballet West and the Corrib Dance Academy.

He is now the male face of Italian Vogue, which he announced on his social media accounts.

The cover was shot by famous fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot.

 

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Aidan now joins the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini, Gisele Bundchen and Kate Upton who have all featured on the famous magazine’s cover.

Oh, and if you were curious that is a love bite on his neck- because fashion.

He told Ryan Tubridy in an interview that it is a real hickey and how it came to be was quite amusing:

"I thought they were going to do it with make-up ’cause, you know, there’s a team of professional make-up artists there," but when it comes to Vogue Italia everything must be authentic:

"They decided that the only way to actually give me one was to physically give me one, so one of the make-up assistants had to give me one on my neck."

Tough day at the office then. 

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The gym isn’t for everyone – an hour on the treadmill or even five minutes of a spin bike is enough to make some people avoid exercise altogether.

However, these days there is such a huge number of ways to get fit that you are bound to find something you love – without having to step foot near a treadmill.

Here are some fun alternatives to the regular gym classes you may just love:

1. Boxercise
Stressful day at work? Did you housemate leave the milk out of the fridge again? Then this is the class for you! Channel your anger into fat-burning with boxercise and you will feel stress-free as well as getting toned and fit!

2. Pole-dancing
Forget what you think you know – pole dancing is incredible. Not only does it tone and train your core, once you master some moves you are going to feel like a graceful goddess up there. 

3. Anti-gravity yoga
There's no doubting the benefits of yoga on your mind and body, but if regular mat yoga has you feeling a bit bored, this could be the high-flying solution! Using material hanging from the ceiling, you will soon fall in love with this acrobatic fitness craze!

4. Ballet-barre
From Taylor Swift to Miranda Kerr, ballet barre is THE celeb fitness craze of the year – and for good reason. Not only do you tone your core and burn some major calories, you get to look like a freakin' ballerina while doing it! 

5. Dance
Whether it be contemporary, hip-hop or ballroom, if you love to dance, why not make it your new hobby? Sure, you might feel shy at first but once you get to know people and learn a few moves you'll wonder what took you so long to get into it in the first place! 

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