Misty is a TIME 100

April 15, 2015

The latest chapter in Misty Copeland’s mind-blowing story: She has just been named one of TIME Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. She appears on one of five covers of the latest issue, keeping good company with icons like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kanye West. 


In the article about Copeland, gymnast Nadia Comaneci writes that Copeland’s refusal to give up makes her a role model for all young women. For her part, in a behind-the-scenes video TIME shot during the photoshoot at the American Ballet Theatre studios, Copeland says, “I want a younger child…to be able to see dreams through me.”


Put simply, Copeland is an unstoppable force. She’s got a best-selling memoir and children’s book; last year we gave her a Dance Magazine Award and President Obama appointed her to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; most recently, she’s created buzz for her US debut as Odette/Odile. As far as I can tell, this is the first time a dance artist has been on the cover of TIME Magazine since Bill T. Jones was featured in 1994. 


So what’s next for her? Copeland’s fans can catch the world premiere of her documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale, this Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. As I said, unstoppable.