Superstar Misty Copeland is dancing her way into our hearts yet again with #BlackGirlMagic grace in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar. This time, the prima ballerina stuns in a series of portraits recreating famous paintings and sculptures by French artist Edgar Degas.
In partnership with the NYC Dance Project, Copeland is breathtaking in her renditions of the ballerinas’ poses. Even the dresses were recreated, featuring couture designs by the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta.
“It was interesting to be on a shoot and to not have the freedom to just create like I normally do with my body,” Copeland told Harper’s Bazaar. “Trying to re-create what Degas did was really difficult. It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there’s movement.”
“That’s what I think is so beautiful and difficult about dance too,” she continued. “You’re trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving.”
The series of portraits capture the 15-year American Ballet Theater vet in a series of poses, including as Degas’ most famous work Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Here, Copeland is perfectly posed in an Alexander McQueen dress, $4,655, and corset, $4,525.
“I definitely feel like I can see myself in that sculpture—she just seems content, but also reserved,” said Copeland.
Click through to see more images from the stunning series and behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot. See the full shoot in Harper’s Bazaar March 2016 issue which hits newsstands today.