Anna Pavlova (1881 –1931) Regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Later she toured the world with her own company. Here she wears a Russian costume.
Anna Pavlova in her signature role, The Dying Swan. Her feet were so severely arched, she had to invent her own reinforced shoe. It is rumored that she would retouch her photographs to make her pointe shoes look like those favorable of the era.