Misty Copeland talks about food, shyness and her ‘Ballerina Body’
Rising star Misty Copeland makes history as the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report, is “the embodiment of the American dream.” Growing up as one of six children in an often-struggling Southern California family, She lived for some time with her mother and siblings in two rooms in a highway-side motel. At the Boys & Girls Club gym one day, a teacher noticed something distinctive in the tiny, quiet 13-year-old’s movements, and suggested a ballet class.
In her new book, “Ballerina Body” professional ballerina Misty Copeland aims to set women on the right path toward better and healthier body image attitudes.
She believes it begins by seeing’s one own body as perfect.
“I just felt like I truly had the talent to go beyond what I thought they were trying to tell me I needed to be,” Misty Copeland said. “I have a bust and I have muscles and that’s not going to go away but I can become my healthiest self.”
She tries to focus on balance, not deprivation in her diet.
“When you say like ‘Oh I can’t have carbs and I can’t have sweets,’ at some point you’re going to want it and you’re going to go overboard,” Misty Copeland said. “In ‘Ballerina Body’ we’re really creating a meal plan and an exercise plan that’s realistic.”
Misty Copeland is the first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theater and she has high hopes for continued diversity in the ballet world.
“I see it. I hear it. I go to the stage door and it’s just like this flood of brown children, and it’s like this is so beautiful,” Misty Copeland said. “This is why I have an opportunity to share myself on so many platforms. It’s to reach these people and its working.” (abc7.com)