Master life like you’re Misty Copeland
At 34, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland has accomplished more than many people dream of in a lifetime.
Arguably the most famous ballerina in the world right now, she started lessons at age 13 — far later than the rest of her peers — and was told that she was too muscular to excel in the art form.
Against the odds, Copeland made history in 2015 when she became the first African American woman to become a principal dancer in the ABT. Throughout her career she has racked up achievement after achievement, including being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, joining then-President Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (together, they took part in a fascinating Time interview) and writing three books. Copeland is a role model for anyone who has been told she isn’t good enough or can’t achieve something because of her gender, race or appearance.
We chatted with Copeland at the launch of the new Under Armour “Unlike Any” campaign in New York City, and she told us all about her work with the brand and the lessons she’s learned as an elite athlete and performer.