Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland: Ballet and Fashion


Feb. 20 2024, Published 2:26 p.m. ET

One name stands out when it comes to combining the grace of ballet and the glamor of high fashion: Misty Copeland. Copeland is an icon and a trailblazer who revolutionized the world of ballet. Through natural talent, classically trained technique, and impeccable fashion, Copeland has achieved successes both on and off stage that have left many women and dancers alike feeling inspired by her strength and grace. Her elegant style and timeless beauty stretch her influence far beyond the stage and into the fashion world. Her powerful influence is undeniable.

Introducing Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland had humble beginnings in San Pedro, California. Still, her passion and talent for movement allowed her to rise to the top of one of the most challenging disciplines out there. She is the youngest of four children. She began studying dance in her teenage years while being the dance team captain, where her classically trained coach noticed her. Her coach, Elizabeth Cantine, pushed her to take ballet classes. Within three months of training, she was en pointe. After some familial struggles and issues with her living situation, Misty was on her way to stardom.

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Breaking Boundaries in Fashion - Combining Ballet and Fashion

Misty Copeland has worn so many beautiful, intricately designed costumes on stages worldwide. She has walked runways during fashion week and been decked out in beautiful, designer fashion off the stage. She also partnered with Under Armour in 2020 to create the Misty Copeland Signature Collection, a versatile athleisure and performance attire for women. Morgan Goerke, the General Manager of Women's at Under Armour, said, "We feel strongly that women should look and feel great in their clothing, and Misty's Signature Collection embodies that, complete with feminine cuts and gorgeous fabrics."

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Copeland partnered with former baseball player Derek Jeter and UNTUCKit founder Chris Riccobono to create an athleticwear line called "Greatness Wins." She has been fighting for ballerinas to be seen as the athletes that they are. So, being able to create athletic wear that is suited for dancers like herself is a wonderful opportunity. "Although in different fields, it's all working toward the same goals," Copeland tells Oprah Daily. "Highlighting healthy living. The importance of athleticism in the arts. Bringing more diversity to these spaces, more access, and more opportunities. It's all connected."

How Misty Inspires Ballerinas Around the World

Misty Copeland always leaves everyone in awe with her timeless style, whether her choice of sleek bodysuits for performances or memorable red-carpet looks. Her climb to incredible success while breaking down barriers is enough to inspire anyone and make her a shining example that dreams can come true.

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