I WILL WHAT I WANT
Misty Copeland has conquered much in her 33 years of life. From overcoming a troubled childhood to making history as the first ever African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theater, you would almost never guess that the prima ballerina was once crippled by severe issues with body image.
In her new documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale, Copeland gets honest about her once-uneasy relationship with food. “I was overeating because I felt so bad about myself,” she admits. Misty goes on to explain that her binge-eating served as the catalyst for two larger problems: a deflated self-esteem and a momentary career meltdown.
60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker heard the story of the Misty Copeland’s childhood of how a dance teacher took a teenage Misty under her wing, took her in her home, and changed her life. Misty Copeland’s American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina is “Fierce”
What Whitaker didn’t expect to hear was that Copeland, now a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, is doing something similar for two teenage boys from Brooklyn — identical twins Shaakir and Naazir Muhammad.
In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–and every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.
Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some ofCaldecott Honoree Christopher Myers’s best work, makes Firebird perfect foraspriring ballerinas everywhere.