Watch: Ballerina Misty Copeland is Absolute Perfection in Under Armour Ad
She was too old, too poor, too black and too curvy to be a ballerina. Misty Copeland did it anyway.
The former child prodigy, who is the only African-American soloist at New York’s prestigious American Ballet Theatre, shines in a new Under Armour campaign titled, “I Will What I Want.”
“I still worry, far more than I should, about what the ballet world thinks of me—whether I will ever be accepted and seen as a well-rounded artist deserving of respect,” she told Teen Vogue in March. “Or will I forever be ‘the black ballerina,’ an oddity who doesn’t quite compare? But in my moments of clarity I envision all the people whose lives have been touched by my story, who upon seeing my journey know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”
In addition to teaching dance classes at the Boys & Girls Club and mentoring girls, Misty is a guest judge on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.
You can learn more about this history-making ballerina’s journey through her memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which was released March 4, 2014.