A dwarf dancer who took part in Miley Cyrus's racy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards says show bosses left her feeling humiliated because of her size.
Hollis Jane was asked to dance in a bear costume during Cyrus's duet with Robin Thicke, and claims her selection was based entirely on her height.
She wrote on her personal blog: "For the first time I felt truly ashamed of being a little person. We were being used simply because we were little. It felt like society still saw us as a joke, despite the fact there is literally nothing different about me other than the fact I am small.
I had never done anything in a costume with a mask like that before. I mean, I dressed up as a Pink Power Ranger when I was in Kindergarten and I had a mask on but, I digress... I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at."
Jane also claims the rest of the crew viewed her with contempt and derision, which only worsened her pain.
"I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying.
"Thankfully, my best friends, Kelly and Kerri, happened to be NYC to visit me. They were waiting for me and I walked up to them and broke down.
"I love being the centre of attention, but that was something different. I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop...as something less than human."
The raunchy routine was the most talked about incident from the show, reportedly drawing 306,000 tweets per minute.
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