After Being Accused of Photoshop, Misty Copeland Brings Receipts Showing Her Body is Just That Insane
Misty Copeland, the first black principal dancer for America’s leading classical ballet company,the American Ballet Theatre, is significant not just for breaking a racial barrier, but for what her body represents. Copeland is not built like a ‘typical’ ballerina. She is shorter, more busty and — like her counterparts Serena Williams in tennis and Simone Biles in gymnastics — visibly muscular.
Misty Copeland was first introduced to ballet on a basketball court at the Boys and Girls Club. By ballet standards, she was too old, too curvy, and too dark to be a premiere ballerina. She didn’t fit the ballerina mold. So, she broke it and casted a new one. Pave your own path to success.
Misty Copeland, classical & contemporary ballet dancer, prodigy & the 3rd African American female soloist (& the 1st in 2 decades) for the American Ballet Theatre after Anne Benna Sims & Nora Kimball. She is currently the only Black person in the ABT, & one of its youngest soloists. She once said about negativity & obstacles: "I'm 5'2", I started (ballet) when I was 13, I'm Black - there's so many things, but I made it happen." She is a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the…