Photograph of author, entertainer, and American ballet dancer Misty Copeland photographed for Time on February 24th, 2015 at the American Ballet Theater in New York.
Sebastian Kim for TIME
By Francesca Trianni
April 16, 2015

“I never thought I could make a career out of something I enjoyed doing–something I was passionate about, something that gave me a voice, ” says Copeland, who is one of the first African Americans to be a soloist with American Ballet Theatre.

Read Nadia Comaneci on Misty Copeland for the 2015 TIME 100.

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