Marie Taglioni (April 23, 1804 - April 24, 1884)
Marie Taglioni was an Italian/Swedish ballet dancer of the Romantic ballet era. Her choreographer and father Filippo Taglioni created the ballet La Sylphide for her and was the first ballet show en pointe. Back then, papier-mâché was yet to be discovered, making pointe shoes soft and hard to balance on. This made Taglioni the pioneer of the pointe shoe.
Taglioni was also known for shortening her skirt in the performance La Sylphide, which was considered highly scandalous at the time. She shortened all of her skirts to show off her excellent pointe work, which the long skirts hid. Her father was approving of the shortening of the skirt because he also wanted everyone to see how good his daughter was en pointe.