Misty Copeland: Our First “Black” Swan

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Many people told Ms. Misty Copeland, at the age of 13 years old that she was too old when she began to first get into ballet. Luckily, she didn’t let that limit the vision she had for herself — as she is the first black dancer to play Odette in a top company’s production of Swan Lake, according to Elle Magazine.

*Ten points awarded to black girl magic.*

Looking through Misty’s interviews, what I have come to love so much about her, besides the fact she is as talented as she is wildly stunning, is that she tackles issues that matter like, racism and body shaming that she has experienced in the highly competitive field, that is ballet. Some people have given her flack for shedding that negative, but existent light on the dancing world, and all I can say is you go girl! Keep talking!



Do you guys think you’ll be making your way to the Swan Lake this year?

In the meantime, if you haven’t already seen it, check out this Under Armour commercial of the ballerina that went viral last year.


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Akanimoh Ekong studies creative writing at the University of Illinois, with special interests in women's issues as they relate to sexuality and race. She previously has written “Girlfriends” column for Buzz magazine. Akanimoh believes the art of fashion should be the utmost form of self-expression. She dually enjoys blogging on issues pertaining to fashion and pop culture news.

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