NEW YORK (NewsNation Now) — Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most famous ballet dancers.
She is a true prodigy and was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class. Just over a year later she was performing professionally, a first for any classical dancer.
Copeland broke a major color barrier back in 2015: She was promoted to principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African-American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.
Copeland is also a role model, not just for talent on the stage, but off the stage.
She speaks openly about tough issues such as her struggles with body image and race. She is also an author, a fashion designer and producer.
Copeland spoke with NewsNation’s Rob Nelson. Watch the full conversation above.