Tuesday, August 11, 2015

John Malveaux: Huffington Post: Misty Copeland Is Breathtaking On September Cover Of Essence: She's got style and grace.

John Malveaux of 

Whether she's dancing on stage or fronting a major campaign, ballerina Misty Copeland is always completely and utterly captivating. It's no surprise that the American Ballet Theatre star is wowing us once again by gracing the cover of Essence magazine's September issue

Copeland looks breathtaking in a billowing Zimmermann gown as she gracefully strikes a mind-blowing pose captured by photographer Dennis Leupold. 
“It was an easy decision for us to put Misty on the cover of our fashion issue. Not only is she gorgeous and a force to be reckoned with in the dance community, but she also realizes what this moment represents to so many," Vanessa De Luca, the editor-in-chief of Essence, told The Huffington Post. "Her story of defeating the odds despite the challenges in front of her is an inspiration to us all -- especially little girls who dream of becoming ballerinas when they grow up.”

John Malveaux adds: See excerpt:


Ballerina Misty Copeland Talks Being Unapologetically Black And More

One more reason to love her.

This is an excerpt from Essence magazine's September 2015 cover story "Stepping Up" about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post.

“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, beyond dancing on her toes and making it look easy, is the fact that she’s so unapologetically Black. ‘It’s easy for someone who isn’t Black or other or who has never experienced racism to dismiss what I’m saying…it’s easier for them to say, ‘Why do you focus so much on that? You’re a beautiful dancer.’ But the reason I’m here and I have this voice is because I’m Black.’ Copeland tells me that she has never tried to pretend that ballet doesn’t have a race problem.

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