Ballerina Misty Copeland discusses body image

Ballerina Misty Copeland on Body Image
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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