Misty Copeland, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, appears in Harper's Bazaar to recreate iconic paintings and sculpture from impressionist painter Edgar Degas. With her presence, Misty once again disrupts the historical whiteness of ballet.
In the article, she explains why she love to dance. "I was drawn to ballet and performing for a reason that I think a lot of people can't really understand or relate to," she says. "People think it's like, 'You're out there,' or 'You're exposed.' But I felt safe when I was on the stage, like no one could get to me. It was the first time in my life that I felt protected."
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