I love the story of Misty Copeland. Misty defies the stereotypes of the perfect ballerina.
Misty Copeland is a great example for girls who are interested in ballet. She used perseverance to overcome obstacles in a dance style that wouldn’t traditionally have been a natural fit for her.
For one thing, Misty lived in poverty and started taking ballet classes at age 13 at a Boys and Girls Club. Then she had to come to terms with a body that’s curvier and more muscular than most ballerinas. Also, Misty is African American.
I love that Misty Copeland has changed many people’s ideas of how a perfect dancer should look. She’s now a soloist in the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Here’s an inspiring Under Armour ad with Misty:
Here’s a video with more about Misty:
If you’d like more Misty Copeland inspiration, check out these articles:
- If Misty Copeland’s Body Is “Wrong,” I Don’t Want to Be Right at XX Factor
- Ballet Star Misty Copeland Talks Overcoming Racism and Body Shaming on Her Way to the Top at TeenVogue
- Misty Copeland’s Perseverance at The Washington Post
- Misty Copeland on Ballet, Beauty & Standing Out at Yahoo Style
- Stretching beauty: Ballerina Misty Copeland on her body struggles at Fox News
Misty also has two books, one for adults and one for children: *Amazon affiliate*
For more about body image, you’ll find lots of body image resources here: Body Image Resources.