Break it and make it!
“You can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed.” - these are Misty Copeland’s words. Her quick ascent and ability to break barriers is nothing short of inspiring. "I'm 5'2", I started when I was 13, I'm black, but I've made it happen. I'm very lucky to be where I am... It's possible." One of Misty’s strengths are her mentors, such as Raven Wilkinson, the first black ballerina who, in 1955, was told to wear white makeup in order to blend in.
Misty is a prodigy who started dancing at the late age of 13, only to become the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (one of the top companies in the world).
Today, Misty is an idol to young dancers everywhere. We wanted the Misty collection to be a reflection of Misty Copeland’s mission: “to inspire and elevate other dancers of color”. Because ballet should be for all ballerinas!
The path to your success is not as fixed and inflexible as you think.
I just try to approach every opportunity on stage, as if it's my first time and my last time.
You can do anything you want, even if you are being told negative things. Stay strong and find motivation.
You could become someone you didn’t realize you had the capability to be.
Speak up for yourself and what you believe in. You can still be an elegant woman and be strong and powerful.