It's a good week to be Misty Copeland.
Last Thursday, the gorgeous American Ballet Theatre soloist made history—and made a lot of ballet fans very happy—when she performed as Odette/Odile for the first time in the U.S. (She danced this round with The Washington Ballet, but will also perform the role with ABT at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House this spring.)
Today comes the news that Copeland has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015. In fact, she was one of the five members of that 100-person list to earn a COVER. How perfect is that?
Really, really perfect.
It gets even perfect-er: Copeland's story for Time Magazine was written by Nadia Comaneci, the legendary gymnast with five Olypmic gold medals to her name. Comaneci was famous for her beautifully dancer-like presence, and the reason she took on Copeland's profile is that a movie about her gymnastic career is what first inspired Copeland "to see the joy in movement." So lovely.
There are two videos accompanying the profile, both packed with awesome footage of Copeland (and ABT's Gabe Stone Shayer—hi, Gabe!) in action. Take a look below.
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