From female presidential candidates to star athletes to the women of#ILookLikeAnEngineer, women are pushing against traditional ideas of femininity. Still, even while clutching a briefcase or jackhammer, many women aren’t so eager to let go of other hallmarks of the “fairer sex.” The range of acceptable work attire, hairstyles and accessories is broader for women than men, and many women are happy to express their individuality through their fashion choices.
In celebration of self-expression and color, the global nail polish company OPI commissioned the following commercial in 2012. Choreographed by I Could Never Be a Dancer, the video depicts a dance-off between four dancers and a black horse named Lady In Black. Four bold colors and four distinct dance forms — ballet, tap, modern and hip-hop — are showcased opposite a magnificent animal that many would say embodies grace and power.
The thoroughbred and star of the video was trained by Mario Luraschi, a French stuntman and horse trainer who has worked on such films as “The Brothers Grimm” and “The Musketeer.” A combination of traditional dressage gaits and movements were combined with digitally rendered motions to create the complex choreography for the horse, reports Horse Nation.
Don’t let the digital enhancements detract from the beauty of the horse or the mastery of the dancers, however. Each performer has undoubtedly spent hours of training over many years to deliver such a beautiful display of strength and grace, each stamped with her own personal flair.
Horse Nation quotes Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director: “I always say that nail lacquer can change your look – and your outlook.” This short commercial is a fun and visually engaging way to encourage women to embrace their strengths and various modes self-expression, nail polish being one.