• The Interview:Misty Copeland
    She’s defied the odds and challenged stereotypes to dance her way to outstanding success. EMILY CRONIN meets the world’s coolest ballerina, Misty Copeland

    Photographs by TRENT McGINN

    Anyone who scoffs at the idea of destiny would do well to consider Misty Copeland. “I was born to dance,” says Copeland, the first African-American female soloist in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in more than two decades.

    In fact, Copeland was born in Kansas City, Missouri, far from any inkling of what it meant to be a ballerina. One of six children of a single mother, Copeland spent part of her school years living with her family in one motel room. “My life did not consist of extracurricular activities,” she says. “It was literally just living and struggling

    Sweater by The Row; skirt by Sophia Kokosalaki


    Name: Misty Copeland

    PROFESSION: Soloist ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre

    MY GO-TO LABELS: Rag & Bone, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Catherine Malandrino

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECES: An Alexander McQueen blazer and J Brand jeans

    Sweater by The Row; skirt by Sophia Kokosalaki

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