If there was any doubt, Misty Copeland has arrived. And, now she’s gracing the cover of ESSENCE Magazine’s September 2015 issue.
Her resumé is stacked high with groundbreaking accomplishments. The 32-year-old ballerina twirled into most of our lives as the the first Black woman to perform the lead in Swan Lake for the American Ballet Theatre. Recently, Copeland was promoted to principal ballerina–the first Black woman in the ABT’s 75-year history. In addition, she’s snagged deals with sportswear brand Under Armour and even got engaged to her longtime boyfriend.
In the cover shot, Misty dances into the hearts of all, pointe shoes included. The dancer’s perfect arabesque gives life and motion to her flowing Zimmermann dress, all while serving a smokey and beachy waves.