Hi everyone! It’s that time of the week… GIRL POWER FRIDAY! Yay!
Have you ever heard of Misty Copeland? She is AWESOME! Trust me, once you hear about all the things that she has done, you’ll agree.
To start off, I think the most amazing thing about her is that she’s not your typical ballerina. She’s different, and I think that’s one of the things that makes her so great. Also, he had to overcome so many things to get to where she is today, but she persevered, and look where she is now!
Misty dances for ABT, or American Ballet Theatre. She is the first African-American woman to become principle dancer in ABT. She was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. She has been in commercials for companies like Under Armor and Dr. Pepper. She has been on television shows, written two novels, narrated a documentary about herself, and to top it off, she recently performed on broadway in On the Town. (Yeah, she acts too.)
All that is incredible! But in my opinion, that’s not even the most amazing part.
What age do you think she started ballet? Guess!
What did you guess? 5? 6? 7? Guys, she started when she was 13 years old! That’s not old or anything, but most people who dance professionally, or play sports, or do anything professionally, start at a really young age. Like those numbers I mentioned earlier: 6 or 7 years old.
In addition to that, do you think she just started off at the best ballet school in the world, and became the best dancer right away? No way! When she was 13 years old, she was told that she had the wrong body for ballet. She was accepted into almost none of the schools she applied for. She was basically told that she would never amount to anything in ballet.
But did Misty give up? She could have just stopped and said, Oh well, I guess that’s too bad. She persevered, and if she hadn’t, she wouldn’t have done all the amazing things that she has done!
It’s true that she has a different body than most ballerinas, but I definitely think she’s doing an amazing thing, in that she’s defying the standards and breaking down barriers on what a ‘typical ballerina’ should look like. I don’t think that ballerinas should be defined by what they look like or by what type of body they have.
Misty is such a good example of how if you are brave and have perseverance, you really can do anything you set your mind to. Now that’s girl power!
P.S. There is an Under Armor commercial where she reads one of the rejection letters from a ballet school she applied for. Check out the link below!