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Stanislava Postnova is a 19-year-old ballet dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, followed by over 150 thousand people on Instagram, who know her better as @ruby.tear. They are captivated by her backstage posts (in the wings, costume and makeup on), her off-duty #OOTD-style pix, and rehearsal videos that show off her incredible talent, flexibility, and mind-boggling feet.

Postnova is also an avowed fashion lover (shoes and bags are the ‘most important part of any look’ she reasons). In a shoot with ELLE.com, she dances in designs from Moscow’s emerging fashion talent, bringing to the fore a clash between a city finding its own unique and rebellious sartorial voice against one of Russia’s most enduring traditions, the Bolshoi.

In her own words, Postnova describes a day in her (toe) shoes.

In a Lumier Garson by Jean Rudoff dress and Turbo Yulia choker

Tyler Joe

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I started dancing when I was two and half years old. I joined the company at the Bolshoi Theater this year, but I danced with the Bolshoi as a student of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

My day typically begins at nine in the morning with a hot cup of black coffee. Then I go to the theater for morning class. After class, the corps de ballet has rehearsal, then the soloists. In the evening, there might be additional rehearsals, or even a show. If the evening is free, I hang with friends at a bar not far from the theater or go to the gym to relax in the sauna, swim in the pool, and get a massage. It’s important to let your muscles rest.

In a Lumier Garson by Jean Rudoff dress and Turbo Yulia choker

Tyler Joe

My working day might be three hours long, or it might be as long as ten. It all depends on the repertoire that is being staged and how busy I am. I’m in the theater six days a week, but on my day off, I perfect my technique independently. One time, not long ago, before graduation exams from the Academy, my duet dance teacher kept us in the ballet hall for an entire six hours.

In an Alisa Kuzambaeva dress and Alexander Rogov sweatshirt

Tyler Joe

I have a special block of exercises I learned from watching different artists, the internet, and ones that my instructors have taught me. Each of us feels what is best for our bodies. For me, elegance and comfort are most important. Like any artist, I love to stand out.

I basically don’t have time to eat anything due to my full schedule and rehearsals. I might drink tea or water with sugar, eat a piece of chocolate or a sandwich. And then in the evening, when I get home from work, I love to eat a full dinner or go out to a restaurant beside the theater in good company.

In an Alisa Kuzambaeva dress and Alexander Rogov sweatshirt

Tyler Joe

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The biggest struggle in ballet is the struggle with one’s body—when you can’t do everything perfectly, cleanly and beautifully; when the body isn’t listening and hurts terribly. I never combat it. My body is my instrument and I need to know how to really take care of it. To keep my muscles healthy, I get a massage. I also try to go to the sauna and the pool no less than three times a week.

In my free time, I love to go to the studio and paint with oils or watercolors. It’s a creative process that helps me relax and get out of my head.

Fashion has always been one of my interests. Both in regular life and in the ballet hall, I try to look bright, stylish, and to stand out. I adore shopping for bags from the best brands and the most expensive shoes. In my opinion, shoes and bags are the most important part of any look.

In a Lumier Garson by Jean Rudoff dress

Tyler Joe

Make up: Mary Kay Ekaterina Krestyaninova

Hair: Nikita Kosykh

Stylist: Jean Rudoff

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