This is Misty Copeland. Misty Copeland grew up with 5 siblings and a single mother on welfare. She always knew she wanted to dance so her mom worked extra hours to save up for classes for Misty.
I just gotta stay confident and positive in who I am!
Misty has always been a hard worker and loved to go to dance class. As she got older she began to realize she was the only colored girl in her classes. People would always point out what was different about her compared to the other dancers. She found it hard to relate with some of the other girls at times.
Corps de Ballet
I may be too dark to get that part.
You are so worthy! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
“I was the only black woman in a company of 80 dancers, and that went on for a decade, and it really starts to wear on you, on your confidence. I questioned whether I belonged here,” she said. “I had no one to connect to on a deeper level who understood the journey I was on and the obstacles I was still trying to overcome from the challenges of growing up the way I did.”
“It’s about the journey and enjoying and loving the body you’re in now and enjoying the process of getting to wherever you want to go”
Misty doesn't let anyone knock her down. She is determined to be a healthy role model for young black girls everywhere.
Misty makes it her life purpose to inspire young girls everywhere and show them that, no matter what color, race, size, they are beautiful and worthy to do anything they want. She uses her story of growing up to relate to readers everywhere and she provides support for those that may question their abilities and self-worth.
Misty still performs to this day, showing that no matter what you look like, you can still do what you love and exceed in whatever that may be. She is a great role model to adults and children of every race and gender all around the world doing what they love to do, despite others views and preferences.