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Accept yourself—then love yourself:

Stretching Beauty: Ballerina Misty Copeland on Her Body Struggles.

“For those interested, there’s a documentary about Misty Copeland’s rise through the ABT to first soloist called A Ballerina’s Tale.

It is well worth watching even if you don’t care about ballet.”

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In the upcoming March 2016 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, she’s helped re-create some of the world’s most iconic ballet paintings and sculptures by famous artist Edgar Degas.” <Source

Update: More trail-blazing breaking news: “Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater.” 

Update: front page of The NY Times: “Misty Copeland Debuts as Odette/Odile in ‘Swan Lake’”

When Misty Copeland made her New York debut in the double role of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” the most epic role in world ballet, two aspects of the performance on Wednesday afternoon proved marvelous. One: that it all happened successfully. Two: the curtain calls.

Let everyone know henceforth that an African-American ballerina has danced this exalted role with American Ballet Theater at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera House...”

“President Obama recently appointed her as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. As a ballet dancer she is such a inspiration to me, as well as a reminder that it is okay that I am short and not stick thin. She also started ballet at 13 years old – which is practically ancient for a ballet dancer to begin training. She’s fantastic!”

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Update (June 2015): Misty just debuted in New York in the double role of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” the most epic role in world of ballet. Click here for more on NYT.

“I will what I want.”

 

The following five images are via Henry Leutwyler Photography

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When you see your Dream: Persevere: Ballerina Misty Copeland in Under Armour. {videos at bottom}

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet, and at 13, you are too old to be considered.

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But first: Relephant: A Buddhist view on how to Fall in Love with yourself: “Maitri.”

A Strong Woman follows her Dreams.

 

“I saw her as the real black swan,” Squire says. “I had to get her story out there.” …

 

• A young girl who gets into movement by watching a Lifetime movie about gymnast Nadia Comaneci. A girl who, at the age of 13, roughly eight years after those who become pros typically get their start, sheepishly steps onto a basketball court at a Boys & Girls Club for an introductory dance class and, three months later, is called a dance prodigy. A girl who falls in love with ballet, an art that has traditionally included very few people of color.

 

• A girl who, as she grows into a woman, also grows out of the traditional shape of a ballerina — she has larger breasts, bigger feet and a more muscular leg tone.

And yet, at 24, Misty Copeland became only the second black soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, the most prestigious company in North America.

“It was hard to survive,” Copeland, now 31, says…

 

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ~ Marie Curie 

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Misty Copeland, soloist for the American Ballet Theatre

She’s beautiful!

“Misty Copeland is only the third African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theater and first in twenty years. If you know anything about me, that’s already grounds for: “you had me at hello.” But then Misty had to go ahead and be an actual prodigy as she stomped on notions of what a ballerina’s body should like, all while being gorgeous and I’m crying.

Misty didn’t even begin dancing until she was 13 years old and by age 18 was hired by the ABT. In 2007, at 25 years old, she was appointed soloist…

…While there’s nothing wrong with being long and willowy, I’m happy to see a different type of body being appreciated in a world that can be notoriously harsh and uniform in its aesthetics.”

A Different kind of Ballet Body.

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” ~ Lupita Nyong’o 

Ballerina Misty Copeland in new Under Armour ad:

“Misty Copeland’s destiny was not to be a ballerina. But will trumps fate.”

Ballet gave Misty Copeland a different life.

Her story in her words:

Bonus: Yoga & Meditation vs. Eating Disorders: 

 

Relephant reads:

Dance with Ghosts—Yoga, Ballet, Poetry = wow.

Once a Dancer.

Ballet & Yoga: How I finally learned to Love my Body. ~ Cassandra Smith

The Washington Ballet’s hardest moves—in Slow Motion.

Quite Possibly One Of The Coolest Yoga Videos Ever.

5 Myths About Your Body. ~ Sarah Warren

Wow! Bendi-Girls of Ballet. {Video}

“The Only Black Girl in the Yoga Class.”

Sexuality can be a part of an Enlightened Life:

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anonymous Feb 17, 2016 9:27am

If ever an individual personified both the tyranny of Labels and the fortitude and determination to perfect her own unique and unlabelable array of attributes, it's Misty Copeland, a woman who brings to life every nuance and every component of what is being expressed in the art of ballet. To watch her is a privilege, bringing forth enormous emotions I cannot even attempt to express.

anonymous Feb 17, 2016 9:25am

If ever an individual personified both the tyranny of Labels and the fortitude and determination to perfect her own unique and unlabelable array of attributes, it’s Misty Copeland, a woman who brings to life every nuance and every component of what is being expressed in the art of ballet. To watch her is a privilege, bringing forth enormous emotions I cannot even attempt to express.

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 11:45pm

More people of color pictures would appears, if it were not from being denied the opportunity. Examples the Williams sisters of tennis, Tiger Woods, in Golf, Vivian Thomas in Medicine, Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and cosmologist, just to name a few, but they all are at the TOP OF THE LIST IN THERE FIELD. ~The fear of what people can accomplish if only opportunities were not denied.

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 8:32pm

Some of the images used in this article are in violation of copyright laws as they've been used without the permission of the photographers who created them, and without attribution. Not only is this illegal, but it is disrespectful to the artists that worked hard to capture this dancer's beauty!

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 7:31pm

Not an ounce of fat on her body. Perfect ballet body.

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 3:33pm

Helene LoSurdo Ramos Love this!!! What an inspiration for young girls… Of ANY color! You can be anything you want to be!
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Autumn Kelly Bradley She is beautiful
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Jason Fitzgerald Misty is absolutely stunningly beautiful!
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Joanne Mamola Bovino If we can all just say that person or this person is a dancer,or whatever, INSTEAD of that person is a African-American dancer or a white dancer, maybe the world's mindset would change…just leave race out of it! Try using good or bad, or skilled or unskilled. If a person is qualified for a position, no matter what that may be, then he or she should get that position, as long as they are qualified…period
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George Ghartey The label she walks with was imposed upon her. When you hear the word ballerina your minds eye is a white girl, nothing wrong with that as it is the same picture I get. The problem with labels are the struggles you are put through due to the labeling. …See More
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Ade Osazuwa People like you sound so incredibly ignorant. Leaving race out of it and refusing to acknowledge it does NOT help. It just makes it easier for people like you to pretend that it's not an issue.
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Joanne Mamola Bovino Then stop making it an issue…get it?
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Joanne Mamola Bovino And when the word ballerina is said, the only thing that should come to mind is a dancer
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Suretha Le Grange Tsholo Sebobe after your ballet photo
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Terrie Collins She has the most sexy body ever she can be what ever she likes
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Jamie Michelle Duran Nipple.
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Brandon Bornagainfitness Jenkins Yeah, we all have them…no biggie in 2015.
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Gina Moriarity Mature.
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Jamie Michelle Duran Awe, that's cute.
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Cynthia E. Beaupre If nipples offend you so much how do you deal with men's nipples when you see them? It amazes me that the nipple was the only thing you found note-worthy on that absolutely beautiful picture.
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Jamie Michelle Duran Lol Awe, the butt hurt is strong with this one.
Nipples don't offend me, if they did, I would've reported this post, genius.
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Marlene M Moon Yawn
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Jamie Michelle Duran My thoughts exactly.
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Leslie Beinhauer Eash You have a genius for pointing out the nipple, lol
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Jamie Michelle Duran Does that mean I get a gold star?!
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Jamie Michelle Duran Man, you guys are great for causing so much nonsense over me saying one word.
Technically, the picture contains slight nudity, which is against FB picture policy.
My pointing it out was simply a joke. "Haha FB. You missed a nip slip."
But, good job talking down to someone and making a mountain out of a molehill.
I bet you're SO proud!!
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Lynsey Dick What an incredible physique! She's stunning.
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Joan Frome Inspirational
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Will Hines She fine as wine tho
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Drew Perry Is she leaking breast milk?!
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Rachel Pearson I'm pretty sure that's just her nipple /areola.
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Anne Manley Strong is beautiful!!
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Solène Epooziks so many harsh words to tell a 13 yo girl…but you prooved them wrong!
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Sammi Mathes Clevenger Who's thirteen lol
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Solène Epooziks She was 13 when she were told her body was not fit to dance
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anonymous Jun 27, 2015 1:24pm

These ladies don’t have the wrong bodies, they have the wrong training, that is, America produces the worlds most sub-standard classical dancers in the world, which is to say that if their artistry was a measure of literacy, they are illiterate in their expression of classical ballet. No One is born with a body that is “right” for ballet. Only through humanities most arduous and complex training regime, can the human body be transformed into a vessel of classical dance expression. True artistry is IMPOSSIBLE in ballet, without correct PLACEMENT, which Misty and ALL American trained “dancers” DO NOT POSSESS! It’s not their fault of course, but it is a fact. American ballet needs to abandon its EGO and ignorance and pursue pedagogical truth with the utmost humility. Cheers

anonymous Jun 27, 2015 1:19am

I was told my whole early dance career I was too muscular, that I had to lose weight, that I'd never make it in the dance world. I persevered and among only about 25 dancers was accepted to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Unfortunately those negative comments had taken hold and I developed an eating disorder. Thank you Misty for helping create a new norm (a work in progress) in the dance world!

anonymous May 10, 2015 6:04pm

I think they meant to say “you have a STRONG body for ballet”. When I watch dancing, I want to be carried away in the fantasy that is being performed on stage. In ballet, I want to see long lines, fluid movement, graceful positions, and effortless skill. You, my dear, embrace all of this. You are beautiful to watch and I am happy for you that you didn’t have to languish anonymously on the sidelines, and that there were people gracious and insightful, who noticed your raw talent and helped take you to where you are now.

anonymous May 3, 2015 7:58pm

Exactly. Be prepared to be told you aren’t talented enough if you are going to be an entertainer. Or in some rare cases too talented. That includes dancing. Also, it is certainly EASIER if your bones line up…they won’t cause you problems or injuries. It is EASIER if you have less to balance (smaller hips, smaller breasts) while you are spinning. Even the placement of your bun can throw off your balance. It is EASIER for the choreographer and costume designer. It is EASIER for uniformity and gestalt on stage. If everyone has different body types and have miraculously overcome the limitations that their bodies present, there still needs to be some kind of harmony on stage. How many women can they find that will look like Misty? She either has to be THE best so they can make her the soloist or be utterly disappointed because she is too beautiful, too muscular, too talented to just fit into the ranks. She is rare and unique. Really to me she looks like how a ballerina should always have looked. Like an athlete. The conflict between entertainment and athleticism occurs then. If one athlete gets injured, other dancers can step in. You need a team of entertainers so that the show can go on. I’m glad Misty has found her calling despite the odds and sorry for humanity if she wasn’t treated well because of her beautiful color. The warnings were a fair message though even if worded incorrectly.

anonymous Apr 25, 2015 2:25pm

Just beautiful!

anonymous Aug 10, 2014 6:08pm

Beautiful! When others tell you that you cannot do something, that you are not right, etc. to follow your dreams it takes true strength to continue on. Building your strength, confidence and perseverance is the key to a happy life.

anonymous Aug 5, 2014 9:38pm

A true outlier

anonymous Aug 5, 2014 2:53pm

awesome post…;0 http://www.sentabet.com

anonymous Aug 4, 2014 11:32pm

What professional performer hasn't heard that they don't have what it takes? It comes with the territory. And I'm so sick of hearing about this perfect ballet body, nobody has believed this stuff for decades — if they ever did — only ignorant teachers say these things. I'm sorry she had to listen to ignorant people.

anonymous Aug 4, 2014 1:15pm

I'm so glad a friend directed me to this post. Brava, Misty! This year Sourcebooks published my novel, THE ART OF FALLING, about the betrayal of the body and the beauty of movement, set in the world of modern dance, a setting a little more realistic for success with an atypical body. Love to hear of success stories in the ballet world, too! A tough nut to crack.

anonymous Aug 2, 2014 12:05pm

She is absolutely beautiful. You can see her strength and it's just as graceful and beautiful as the 'typical' ballerina. I hope she has set the stage for many girls and women who have been told they 'aren't right' for something!

anonymous Aug 2, 2014 9:45am

John J Lind It's not just what she was repeatedly told that was racist, the continued infliction of the outdated and racist one drop rule is – she is clearly a person of mixed heritage – as is the distinction that is 'African' American. A ridiculous classification system there merely to subjugate and dehumanise. Fascists!
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Shar David Love her!
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Sylvie Cocca Hard to deny!
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Jo Callaghan Sarah Metcalfe
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Nick Kiser …good for her, dont let anyone tell you, "you cant," even your self…greatness is when you surpass the conventional anyway. Peace.
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Kaylene Rawson Karina Allan
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Kristine Mickelson Jessica ok this changes my mind.

Jason Myers She's BEAUTIFUL!
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Stephen Womack Good read that is Lee Ryan – especially the videos in the article. Better than you usual plastic scouse drivel!
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Anna Robinson I wish I had her strength & been able to ignore those who told me I was technically superb but the wrong size… I'm applauding all the way from New Zealand!
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Jenifer Hadraba she is perfect
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Melisa Myers Stunning!
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Michelle Macrorie Amazing beauties! Strong is so sexy!
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Sheri Steere You go girl! Inspiring story, truely strong & talented woman!
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Scott J. Zook Sheena Leigh…
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George Hung She is beautiful. I'd love to see one of her performances.
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Patrick X McGeady I had the wrong body for professional football.
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Rana Buckner Ok, I guess you did! I saw this and almost started crying. So beautiful!
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William Faor My accupuncture physician here in Fl
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My elementary school
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The intention by the student is the impetus.
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Adrian Vâja ohh, muh multiculturalism :)))
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Raven Layne Gallier-Mouton Wolf Bradley I'm sure you've seen this, but in case you haven't, here ya go
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Alexandra Huntrods Amazing!
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Maggie Left Isn't it? I knew that you were going to love it
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Angela Wilder Gorgeous.
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Benny Antiglio Beautiful
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Mahadesh Muthu Though one's experience is their own & deserves to be respected. It's relative to where you are when you start & how you overcome your challenges. Anyone who is taking responsibility for their own energy, working to better themselves in the best way they know how deserves the highest level of respect regardless of their environment &life situation.
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Tracie Holladay Magnificent.
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Babs Beaulieu She had excellent critique on 'So You Think You Can Dance".
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Amanda Mills STUNNING
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Melissa Bell Such a beautiful story. Will keep my eye out for her.
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Michele House Inspirational!!
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Patty Roumel I would pay to see this amazing,and talented woman

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Delfos Machado Lízia Bueno!
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Kurt Emmert Sex sells
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Charmaine Gargan Beautiful woman
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Linda Higgie I admire this strong and beautiful woman
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Joanna MacLean Dacey Leutwiler, you know this dancer?
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Florence-Olivia Genesse Marie-Emmanuelle Genesse
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Evone Mccallion Beautiful, dancer and soul, what a gift she has worked so hard at.
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Betsy Lamoureux She is an amazing dancer! It comes from her heart.
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Mischelle Bencosme Omg..I want the wrong body..beautiful. ..
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Karen Mae Rollins I LOVE this story!
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Ana Paula Souza Viva!!!!
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Christine Todd Poppy Todd
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Catherine Harris Miller Mesmerizing to watch her; inspiring woman indeed.
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Daisy Carey Kerry de Lisser-Shanks
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Katharina Fath Eltringham Inspiring. Lovely. A story of desire, skill and perseverance
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Scott S. Russo My kind of Ballet!!!!
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Cicely Goldilocs Shops Corbett Thank you Elsa I need to start a collection.
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Erica M Rhodes …I had "awkward legs and ankles" "bony looking" for ballet, then later "too busty to be graceful maybe"
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Ilse Alluss Très joli!
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Annamaria Fanelli Tania Koulakian
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Jodi Farley I love that Under Armour slogan: You Will What You Want. Misty is amazing.
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Hellie Mann Hannah April Heath
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Maria Ghisolfi She is amazing and such an inspiration, Her performance is flawless!
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Seano Brame Priceless!
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Vicki Rafn Never discourage
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Bridget Kenny Awesome, such an amazing story and a bad ass chic. Way to follow your dreams girl, you're an inspiration to us all.
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Moody Dustbunny i have so much love for this article.
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Melissa Grace Davies Anna Whalen thought of you
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Jen Ehrhart Incredible photos.
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Faith Mimina Magali Marcus
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Kenneth Provost I don't care if you're black, white, purple, green. etc. we all bleed red. This is a beautiful woman and great inspiration.
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May Wong New beauty finally !!!
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Cassandra Valdespino Tracee Flores now I know who she is. Haha
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Carolyn Antoinette I was told that a lot
Got "you have Marilyn Monroe hips" or "baby making hips" didn't have a dancers body
When I use to tell people I did ballet they would say "you don't look like a ballerina"
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Sandy Flores Nicole Atlas Robinson
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Katherine Perham Jessica Arnold
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Kimmi Gibbs Olivia Martin
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Tata Polet Lucrecia Ivonee Huerta
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Ronne Breaux Pierce Beautiful
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Mia Rishdi Beautiful !
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Sue Vacchi Rosenbaum Rock it baby…. I have sooo much respect for you!!!!
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Katie Marie Maybe not considered perfect for ballet but she has an amazing body! and incredible perseverance. Love this,
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Karen M Ello Gorgeous!
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Ángela María Higuera Paula Calderón sobre tu pasión y enseñanzas, esta historia inspira ^^
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Phil Kim Her body is perfection..seriously…but I don't get it how walking around in a perfect body..face..amazing talent..could be a struggle??? Who cares who told her what she obviously didn't listen…
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Omar Malavé Camille Battaglia
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Krystal Tini Stephanie Ann I saw this yesterday. Im in LOVE with her!!!
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Periquita Calzonzin Simply loved her!
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Leigh Hall Wow!
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Jennifer Lane-Riefler She is lovely
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Adrianna Ivezaj Bonventre
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Marion B. Covitz More beautiful than any ballerina I have ever seen..
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Lori Waldspurger Jardel Colleen M thought of you and your beautiful flow xo
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Kirsten Thompson Audrey Burns you are my favorite ballerina
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Erica Wagner I too was told that my thighs were too large to be a ballet dancer
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Pam Stiffler When I wanted to dance as a child, my mother told me I didn't 't have a dancers body…I believed her and not my heart :,-(
THIS young lady should be a roll model not only for young women, but for young people everywhere!
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Ernestine Young I never saw her dance, but would love to..She was a guest judge on SoYou Think You Can Dance which is one of my favorite shows.
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Valere Love Thomas Sauer Renado Tozer
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Linda Burlew-Blosser Beautiful
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Leslie Ward Evans Love this, she is absolutely stunning. Bernadette, you will love this.
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Jo Tetley Good for her. Amazing
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Kathy Menne She's amazing!!
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Rachael Fogg Lucky to be blessed with a ballet body. I miss it so much
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anonymous Aug 2, 2014 9:45am

Dean Robinson Ballet dancers are some of the greatest athletes on the planet! I dated a woman that had been a professional ballerina when I was in my 20s; her injuries and workouts would rival any pro football player. I have great respect for dancers and nothing against the stereotype, but just because a woman is taller, shorter, bigger, or grows boobs doesn't mean that they should stop their passion, or ability to perform. IMHO
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Theresa Carrig Sima Hasn't she been successful?
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Marisa Flores WOW…
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Stephanie Ann Krystal Tini
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Sarah O'Neill Natalie Mouyianis
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Natalie Mouyianis She is so incredible!
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Rebecca Thompson Could do without the nip shot..
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Siobhan White We got to see her perform recently. She's great (my son takes ballet at ABT).
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Intron Retrotransposon Is nice, but after Black Swan I really hate how they do that thing with their toes tho.
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Shawn Clearsky Davies Jamie Wood this human is absolutely beautiful. , I'm very happy to come across her , I will meet this woman one day in sure of it, and the respect I have for her and all women in ballet and dance continues to hold down spots in my life!
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Melanie Lea-Reyes Beautiful. I would be happy to have that wrong body type too!
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Andrew Seery Jenna Marie
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Davin Shane Nips.
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Nakari Rodas Ivelisse Estrada
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May Braido-Peltonen Paula Firetti Luanda Vieira Fabiana Ikehara olha que tudo!
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Pea Kay She's incredible. I have loved her for a long time. However, she must, simply because of her larger body and musculature, be sure to always pair with the right partner. To discount her size as solely body shaming would be flat out dangerous in a pas de deux.
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Mariana Milne Rafaela Lourenço
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Sylvia Cary Beyond gorgeous
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Janine Pickard-Green Stunning
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Delroy Brown Her story is an inspiration,she has drive and dedication to her field!
Really want to see her live and in person! Fantastic.
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anonymous Aug 2, 2014 9:44am

Aja Schieman I was told the same thing, I loved dancing the ballet.
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Shante May Simpkins Why are some people offended by the human body? Everyone has nipples. Even men even though they don't need them…
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Helen Tatsios her perfection blinds me. shes just too good.
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Cheryl M. Kimberley I have the same problem, my body and ballet just are not made for each other!
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Adam Crandall Did Cosmo Kramer take this picture? Thanks for sharing Karen Edmundson.
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Peter Macaluso Seems like the ballet has caught up! Everyone give the rich white assholes a cookie! Its just like Tiger Woods and golf! Maye in another twenty years another person of color will give us reason to feel good again!
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Rachel Pecoraro Just because they are white and/or have money doesn't give you a right to hate them on principle. I know plenty of "rich white assholes" who are great people and have helped lots of people in need. Guess I should be able to hate you based on your race and post that on fb. #doublestandard #thinkbeforeyoupost
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Einar Rasmussen She defiantly looks more like a woman, and less like a teenage boy, than any other female ballet dancer I have ever seen. Having a martial arts background myself, Copeland's grace and beauty on stage is more aesthetically pleasing to me, than any other ballet dancing I have witnessed. Perhaps the classic ballet suffers from 'inbreeding', in that "this is the way it's always been, this is how it always will be". It is good that someone has the courage, strength and will, to brake the mold, and thereby advance the art.
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Ashley Jean What a beautiful woman!
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Dean Robinson Why do women ever buy into the stereotypes? These women are awesome; time to break the stereotypes!
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Anna Robinson Unfortunately for ballerinas we buy into it because this is what we are told by the judges… Those that accept us into dance schools etc… And we are too young to fight back (I was only 11) so we end up believing their crap
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    anonymous Apr 27, 2015 5:42am

    Not a single photo credit. I'll let my friends know you're using some of their photos

      anonymous Apr 27, 2015 7:12am

      Please email us at [email protected] with the details about the photos that you are concerned about. Thanks! – Ed.

anonymous Aug 2, 2014 9:44am

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson
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Jamie Wood I've been an admirer of Misty and her transformative performances for quite a while now… It's great to see that she is becoming a role model of success in the face of low odds for young girls and women everywhere, not just in the dance world. Thanks, Elephant, for bringing this amazing woman to an even larger audience.
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Elephant Journal "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." ~ Lupita Nyong'o
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Kim Ramsey When I was ten, I was told I have the wrong lips for flute. Apparently, I have trombone lips.
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Mykel Houston You are so awesome for sharing! I'm sorry and don't mean to be rude because I don't know if you're serious or not but I giggled. That is the cutest funniest thing I ever heard. Sorry again if you're being serious. I have no idea what lips people should have to play instruments.
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Rebecca Taylor I was told the same thing about gymnastics. "Too much chest (as I got older)" "Too much muscle" Too much muscle to do something athletic? Ridiculous.
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Aubrey Helm As a 6'2'' white female, I also remember being told I have the wrong body for ballet. "Too big."
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Heather Mericle-Kornfuehrer Do we have to see her nipples though?
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Brynne Holt I'm thinking, they're showing that because her breasts are one of the reasons they say she doesn't have the right body for ballet.
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Wes Lebo I love this story!
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Lizzie Briggs Great story, not sure why there is the need for a see through leotard, surely her dance skills are what should be focused on.
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Elephant Journal You could ask her. Many of her photos are beautiful, many are powerful, many are inspiring. We can look at our own reactions to her and others and our own body, too. Did you watch her videos? Do you have reactions to those? I woke up this morning thinking about the second of two interviews that we posted–she's inspiring. Focus on all of her, don't just pick out what you do or don't like. I think her sexuality, as yours and mine, is part of who we are. As is dealing with others' perceptions of us.
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Maryin Om Shanti Also had the /wrong body/ for ballet – too tall. So was encouraged to take up Spanish dancing but I was not interested as they're very different in style.
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    anonymous Apr 24, 2015 10:03pm

    We have to see her nipples because they are a part of the amazing art that is her entire body. We have to witness the "see through leotard " because it exposes the muscle and the sinew that makes up the lines that is the art that she makes with her body. She is art, she is the emotion that is evoked from the most perfect painting or the sweetest combination of sounds. You cannot fully appreciate a song without the bass notes and you cannot appreciate the Mona Lisa without the highlights and the lowlights. she is art. She is beauty. She is awe inducing. Every Single part of her God given being is amazing. You don't have to see her nipples, or her curves, or her sexuality, but you may, respectfully, have the honor of having seen such art, personified, if you wish to.

    anonymous Jul 8, 2015 9:44pm

    The first quote was actually by Nelson Mandela.

anonymous Aug 2, 2014 6:31am

This is so amazing! Thank you for the story.

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