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Prima ballerina Misty Copeland on challenging beauty norms and loving yourself as you are.
Misty Copeland, principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre. Author of the new book, “Ballerina Body: Dancing And Eating Your Way To A Leaner, Stronger and More Graceful You.” Also author of “Life In Motion” and “Firebird.” (@mistyonpointe)
USA Today: Misty Copeland's best advice for achieving a 'Ballerina Body' — "Few people have as much experience with that mental battle as Copeland, 34, the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She broke the mold of lithe, white ballerinas, though it wasn't easy. It took years to find a combination of exercises, types of food and mental preparation that left her feeling her best self."
Seattle Times: Misty Copeland talks about food, shyness and her ‘Ballerina Body’ — "Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 '60 Minutes' report, is 'the embodiment of the American dream.' Growing up as one of six children in an often-struggling Southern California family, she lived for some time with her mother and siblings in two rooms in a highwayside motel. At the Boys & Girls Club gym one day, a teacher noticed something distinctive in the tiny, quiet 13-year-old’s movements, and suggested a ballet class."
New Yorker: An Unlikely Ballerina — "Copeland is considered an unlikely ballerina: she is curvy and she is black, neither of which is a common attribute in the field. But it is her very late beginning and rapid attainment of virtuosity that are arguably without precedent for a female ballerina. (Rudolf Nureyev had a famously late and chaotic start, his early training having been limited by the vagaries of the post-Second World War Soviet Union.) Many professional ballet dancers begin their training around the age of three. Every dancer is a synthesis of givens—height, limb length, natural turnout—and intense effort, but Copeland’s late start can exaggerate the tendency we might have to regard a ballerina as simply touched by something divine."
This program aired on April 14, 2017.