Misty Copeland made history in June when she was promoted to female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, making her the first black female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history.
Due to her major accomplishment, it was only appropriate that Misty feature on the September cover of Essence magazine.
Inside the issue, the 32-year-old discusses her relationship with her parents, race issues in ballet and what she aspires to next.
“I can’t believe my life right now,” she told cover story writer (and friend) Julee Wilson Wareham.
“I’m going to continue to be who I am and my experiences as a Black woman have made me who I am,” says Copeland. “All of a sudden now that I am in this position, I’m not going to say ‘I’m just a dancer.’ It’s a huge deal because I’m a Black woman. That’s why it’s a big deal.”
Make sure you pick up the September issue of Essence on August 14.
Congratulations again, Misty!