History-making ballerina Misty Copeland continues to dance her way into our hearts with her special brand of #blackgirlmagic. She is elegant and powerful, regal and rare and a pure force to be reckoned with in pointe shoes.
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She has inspired countless little girls (and the little girl in all of us) time and time again, including when she was named American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal dancer and when she got her own doll. She’s even launching her own dancewear line this summer for dancers who, like her, don’t fit the traditional ballet mold in size or physique. She has also left us breathless for her many gravity-defying shots celebrating the human form and her love of dance.
Click through for 13 times the ballerina powerhouse has given us life while being pure poetry in motion.