“I will what I want” -Misty Copeland said about her life when she spoke about her past. Misty Copeland was only 17 when she moved to New York to open doors to her dream,but it was clearly shown she had so much she had to fight for to get there between her family and everyone in the dance community around her. Misty was born September,10,1982 in Kansas, Missouri. Misty and her family moved around a bit before settling in San Pedro,California. She grew up mostly in a motel room with her five siblings and her mother. Misty's mother usually invited the boyfriends she had over to the motel a lot. Misty's step father would abuse her and her siblings using both racial slurs or hitting them. Misty was however empowered by her mother as she grew up watching her make tough sacrifices for her and her family. When Misty was 13 she started dancing at an academy. Her teacher took quick notice of her potential and family life. Mistys dance teacher took her in for a little while when she was about 14-15 but when Misty was 15 her mother and dance teacher had a legal battle battle over the custody of Misty which drew quite a bit of attention to her.it is unfortunate Misty didn't have such a great childhood but that didn't stop her from passing boundaries in her career as a classical dancer.
On the rise to fame when she moved into New York Misty Copeland first started at the American ballet theatre intensive program. Misty won the Coca Cola scholar in for the American ballet theatre in 2000. That was when she she joined the one of the most prestigious performing arts schools, the ABT. When Misty started out in the big apple she was the only African American ballerina out of 80 girls in her class. Misty was told that she didn't belong by people whispering or just telling her that she was to muscular, didn't have the right body type, her skin was to dark and many, many more remarks about the way she looks. When Misty heard those things it hurt but then again it also made her try harder and do better to prove all of them wrong.
Look at Misty now! Misty became most famous when she debuted as the first African American ballerina to play the leading roles in swan lake as well as the firebird. In 2015 when she shared her story with many tv and news stations such as 60 minutes, in a time cover profile, The New Yorker. On December 17 on abc when Barbara Walters interviewed Misty she declared her one of the 10 most fascinating people of 1015. These opportunities helped Misty develope into a major star not only to dancers but to anyone willing to work hard enough for something they want. Some of the opportunities Misty received were modeling for under armour and shooting a commercial for them, receiving and having launched an african American Barbie dressed like Misty in her role as the fire bird. Misty was such a big inspiration she wrote her own autobiographical book. Misty is now an acclaimed star.