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Misty Copeland: Top 5 Facts You Need to Know!

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Spencer Sher
You may have heard her name before but these are at the 5 things you may not know about Mistry Copeland! Did you know that she’s a spokesperson for Under Armour? The campaign was heralded for its women-focused approach, and was selected by the trade publication Adweek as one of the best ads of 2014. In fact, Copeland’s campaign has been credited with a dramatic increase in sales of Under Amour’s women’s products. Did you know that she worked with Prince? Prince, who was clearly impressed with her abilities, asked her to join him on his Welcome 2 America tour in 2010, where she performed during the opening number at Madison Square Garden. Talk about an incredible introduction to show business! Copeland would go on to achieve great success as a ballerina, but never forgot the lessons Prince taught her during their time together!
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Top 5 Need to Know Facts About Misty Copeland


Her rise to the top has been lined with obstacles, but she’s managed to leap over all of them. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Need to Know Facts About Misty Copeland.



For this list, we’ll be looking at some need-to-know facts about worldwide ballet dancing sensation Misty Copeland.





#5: She’s a Spokesperson for Under Armour




All it takes is one viewing of Misty Copeland’s Under Armour commercial to understand why the company selected her as a spokeswoman. The ad campaign plays up the fact that she’s been rejected numerous times in her career, pointing out her atypical body and lack of experience as reasons for why she’d make a poor ballerina. It then flips the switch and demonstrates her incredible capabilities as a dancer and as an individual. The campaign was heralded for its women-focused approach, and was selected by the trade publication Adweek as one of the best ads of 2014. In fact, Copeland’s campaign has been credited with a dramatic increase in sales of Under Armour’s women’s products.







#4: She’s an Author




Between training, dancing, shooting ad campaigns and appearing on late night talk shows, one would assume that Misty Copeland’s limited amount of free time is devoted to rest and relaxation. Not the case. Copeland has published three novels since 2014: Firebird, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina and Ballerina Body. The first is a children’s picture book about a young ballerina questioning her own abilities, the second, is her New York Times bestselling autobiography and the third is a health and fitness book. Writing one book is impressive, but writing three on three different topics…now that’s a Misty Copeland level of performance.









#3: She Worked with Prince




Finding someone who believes in you is a beautiful thing.The aspiring ballerina found herself in the employ of none other than Mr. Purple Rain himself back in 2009, when he hired her to dance in his “Crimson and Clover” music video. Prince, who was clearly impressed with her abilities, asked her to join him on his Welcome 2 America tour in 2010 - she even performed during the opening number at Madison Square Garden. Talk about an incredible introduction to show business! Copeland would go on to achieve great success as a ballerina, but has clearly never forgotten the lessons Prince taught her during their time together.







#2: She Was a Ballet Prodigy




If your goal is to make it to the top of the ballet world, the advice is usually the same: start early! Of course, there’s always the rare exception like Misty Copeland. Whereas most professional ballet dancers start training at the ripe old age of five, Copeland didn’t take her first lessons until she was 13! Regardless, it wasn’t long before she was being heralded as a prodigy, winning a national ballet contest at 14. Just four years later became a member of the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. She had been asked to join earlier, but she and her mom decided she wanted to finish high school first. Now there’s a dilemma most kids never go through!







#1: She Made American Ballet Theatre History in 2015




When Misty Copeland was selected as the ABT’s principal ballerina on June 30th, 2015, it was a big deal. Not only was it the high point in the dancer’s already impressive career, but it also made her the first African American women promoted to the role in the company’s 75-year history. The move was seen as a significant step forward for African American ballerinas, as very few companies have ever featured them in principal roles. The promotion turned Copeland into a major public figure in the world of dance, one capable of selling out major venues on the basis of her name and talents alone.




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