Ballerina Misty Copeland discusses body image

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Ballerina Misty Copeland on Body Image
Misty Copeland discusses the relationship with pop culture, ballet culture, and body image.

Copeland knows the scrutiny comes with the territory as ballet is about executing an aesthetically-pleasing vision. The nature of the ballet art form brings a magnified attention to the shape and image of the dancers' bodies.

She has had to deal with her fair share of body image struggles.The American Ballet Theatre dancer believes that there shouldn't be a pressure to be naturally thin. Instead, Misty hopes that the ballet culture can shift to accept the dancers athleticism and their natural, healthy body shapes.

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and jewelry designer Cindy Chao arrive for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Socialite Lydia Hearst arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personality Andy Cohen attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Dorthee Wirth attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
Chui-Tin Jansen arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chloe Malle arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Arden Wohl arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Mikhail Baryshnikov arrives for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Cindy Chao attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Martha Stewart attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Carmen Dell'Orefice attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Meredith Melling Burke attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Natalie Portman attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personality Alicia Quarles attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Designer B. Michael (L) and guests attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Cindy Chao attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: President of Kiehl's Chris Salgardo (L) and Marjorie Gubelmann attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Fe Fendi attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Jon Tisch (L) and Lizzie Tisch attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Gillian Miniter attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Amy Fine Collins attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Nate Berkus (L) and Jeremiah Brent attend the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Jill Kargman attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Wendi Deng Murdoch attends the New York City Ballet 2014 Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Professional basketball player Andrei Kirilenko and his wife singer Masha Kirilenko arrive for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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