Next month, ballerina Misty Copeland will be honored by Glamour magazine as one of its Women of the Year, and for good reason. The Under Armour athlete was just named principal ballerina by the American Ballet Theatre, the first black female in the prestigious company’s 75-year history to do so. But it was her journey to her new role that just may be the most impressive. From living in a motel when she was a child to being told by a doctor that she may never dance again, Misty has had her share of struggles to make it to the top of the classical dancing world (including being told that her body was too muscular for a ballerina). What helped her get to her where she is? Her words to live by. “Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you,” she shared with the magazine. Serious motivation from a seriously amazing athlete.
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