Professional dance is populated by a small yet devoted community of artists, fans and critics, and rarely does anything in this world make front-page headlines. One exception to this came in late 2010, when a New York Times dance critic reviewed Jenifer's performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, writing that she looked "as if she'd eaten one sugar plum too many."

"It's horrible to read something about yourself like that, so it made me feel bad," she says. "It was embarrassing."

On the other hand, Jenifer says, it made her realize that she had conquered her eating disorder. "My first thought was, 'It's happened. My worst nightmare. Somebody has called me heavy in the press and lots of people are going to read about it.' But then my next thought was, 'It's happened and I'm okay and I'm fine the way I am and I have survived it.' I think it's just because I had gone through my eating disorders, I had gone through depression, I had lost dance for a while because of my eating disorders."


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