As I have written on here, and elsewhere on the internets, I am a dancer and love all things dancing related.
When Misty Copeland was promoted to Prima Ballerina at American Ballet Theater, I was ecstatic! Finally, the dance community was starting to see the importance of diversity in their dancers.
My dream as a child was to be a professional dancer (the touring-with-a-pop-star dancer, not the strip-club-by-the-airport dancer). I envisioned myself standing behind Paula Abdul doing triple pirouettes and sliding across the stage to Cold Hearted Snake. And popping and locking with Ms. Janet Jackson to Rhythm Nation. Oh my dreams of dancing were spectacular.
I don't need to remind you all of the discrimination I faced during auditions and how I was blatantly told I was just too short to be a part of the troupe.
Now in 2016, my hope is to see more diversity in dance. That my child will be able, if they want to (and possess the talent of their Mother), to dance professionally even if they are ridiculously short.
It's my dream. And with that, this gorgeous recreation by Ms. Copeland for Bazaar magazine.
Sumptuous. Stunning. Inspiring.