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‘Black Swan’ Blasted for Ballet Cover-Up

Coinciding perfectly with its Tuesday DVD release, “a major scandal” may leave Black Swan with a black mark on its publicity efforts, and Natalie Portman‘s Oscar-winning performance as a prima ballerina in question.

Identified in the movie’s credits only as “Hand Model” and “Lady in the Lane” — and not thanked in Portman’s Best Actress acceptance speech — real-life ballerina Sarah Lane claims she was in fact Portman’s Black Swan dancing double.

“Basically, I did all of the dancing,” Lane told the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog, among others. “And then they digitally put [Portman's] face on my body.”

Lane, a soloist with San Francisco New York-based American Ballet Theatre, says exec producer Ari Handel asked her not to speak to the press, “to create this facade that [Portman] had become a ballerina in a year and a half.”

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Galliano’s Dismissal, From a Branding Perspective

John Galliano was fired from Christian Dior and reaction is pouring in. On AllTwitter, our colleagues note the disappointment from fans, the joke from Steve Martin, and both the praise and skepticism over Natalie Portman‘s reaction. The Oscar winner is also the spokesperson for the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. In a statement, she expressed her “shock” and said she would not “be associated with Galliano in any way.”

In a sign of the disconnect between some members of the fashion world and everyone else, The Hollywood Reporter also took a summary of the reaction from designers, models, and members of the media. The article quotes Giorgio Armani: “I’m very very sorry for him. It’s obviously a difficult time for him. I am also very sorry that they videotaped him without him knowing.” Really?

No matter how sorry you do or don’t feel for Galliano, Dior did the right thing, Forbes maintains. We agree.

Update: Galliano issues an apology.

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