Mixed-race ballerina, 27, defends her Cats film costume amid 'whitewashing' ...

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'I'm playing a cat that's white, let's not read into it': Mixed-race ballerina, 27, defends her Cats film costume amid 'whitewashing' allegations Francesca Hayward, 27, plays 'Victoria the White' in upcoming film adaptation  Fans believed character should have fur to match Ms Hayward's natural skin tone In response, she said: 'I'm playing a cat … a cat that's white, let's not read into it' Miss Hayward also starred as one of Meghan Markle's Vogue trailblazers this year

By Jemma Carr For Mailonline

Published: 11:14 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 13:36 GMT, 1 December 2019

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The star of the upcoming adaptation of musical Cats has hit back at allegations that the film was 'white washing' her.

Mixed-race ballerina Francesca Hayward, 27, plays 'Victoria the White' in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation and the trailer shows her with a face of white fur.

But fans accused the film of 'white washing' the star and believed Ms Hayward's feline form should have been portrayed using fur to match her natural skin tone. 

Mixed-race ballerina Francesca Hayward, 27, plays 'Victoria the White' in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation

The trailer shows her frolicking with a face of white fur

Mixed-race ballerina Francesca Hayward (left), 27, plays 'Victoria the White' in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation and the trailer shows her frolicking with a face of white fur (right)

The Royal Ballet's first mixed-race female principal dancer told The Sunday Times: 'Obviously I would never have agreed to be a part of something that would change the colour of my skin had I been playing a human.

'The bottom line is, I'm playing a cat … a cat that's white, let's not read into it.'

Ms Hayward also starred as one of Meghan Markle's Vogue trailblazers this year.

On the Vogue cover Francesca is seen with her hair scrapped back, looking relaxed and wearing a white shirt and cream jacket. 

Fans accused the film of 'white washing' the star and believed Ms Hayward's feline form should have been portrayed using fur to match her natural skin tone

Fans accused the film of 'white washing' the star and believed Ms Hayward's feline form should have been

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