I could agree with Djb that being likened to a giraffe is not insulting. It is a magnificent creature, elegant, dignified and graceful. Unfortunately, the Telegraph critic DID intend to insult by pointing only to its height and, probably, disproportionate composition. The way that phrase is made can be described only as rude.
Something makes me wonder if this critic writes about what he really has seen or he just uses the brochure and hearsay for his review?
Well spotted, Cassandra, that, firstly, Monahan thinks that the Bolshoi performed at Covent Garden.
Secondly, had he been there he could see that all Bolshoi principal ballerinas have beautiful physique.
And, thirdly, he should know that the Royal Ballet had and still have such tall ballerinas that male partners for them have to be imported from overseas. One such ballerina left the company at the end of the last season, another one will be dancing La Bayadere next week. And nothing is wrong with that as long as they are good professional dancers. And they both are.
I know that dancers respect their good professional colleagues regardless of their height. Could the Telegraph critic learn good manners from them please?