I was so excited to see Misty Copeland (who I did a feature on recently) listed among StyleCaster’s top “50 Most Stylish New Yorkers.” Copeland, the first African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in more than 20 years, is now largely recognized for her confident and effortless style. At number 34 out of 54, this ballerina is listed above renowned stylists, designers and artists that have monopolized the fashion scene for years. In a photo taken by street style photographer Phil Oh of Street Pepper, Copeland appears fierce, determined and of course incredibly fit and beautiful. With her lips pressed together tightly, her head held up high and her straight posture, Copeland conveys that she takes her body and style seriously. In her interview with StyleCaster, Copeland touches upon the fact that most people fail to give dancers credit when it comes to fashion. Copeland tells StyleCaster:
“People don’t know that most ballet dancers don’t really care about their street style,” she says. “We work so hard on our bodies that we mostly want to be comfortable. But I do care. I work so hard on my body and self that I want it to appear in its best light no matter where I am or what I’m wearing.”
With skin-tight jeans that gloriously show off her immaculately carved calves, Copeland knows how to respect and take pride in the body she has worked so hard to achieve. Copeland is the epitome of an empowering fashionista. Every woman should learn to respect their bodies, have confidence in their beauty and take pride in their style like Copeland.
Source: Spencer Cain’s “The 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers 2013: 2013 Edition” in stylecaster.com