Nikita Richardson
November 19, 2015 10:33 am

Misty Copeland has had a wonderful 2015: She was named the first black principal ballerina for the highly-competitive American Ballet Theater, was the subject of the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale, made her Broadway debut in On The Town, and even performed on network TV alongside virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

In other words, Copeland is approaching household name status and she’s been quick to capitalize on her growing fame, publishing a children’s book, a memoir, and now she has a guide on health and fitness in the works, entitled Ballerina Body. Due in 2017 via Grand Central Life & Style, the book will feature tips on everything from exercise routines and meal plans to empowering pep talks for those who aspire to have bodies as powerful and graceful as hers.

In a statement, Copeland said, “This is the sum of a lifetime of experiences gained through listening to my body and finding what works for it.”

The 33-year-old dancer will pull from a deep well of personal and professional experience: Not only has she been a professional ballerina for more than 15 years, but she’s also an active member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition alongside athletes like Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees, and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill. What’s more, Misty Copeland is the first to admit that she struggled to make peace with her body before finding a routine that worked for her.

“As a ballerina, you always stand in front of the mirror searching for flaws,” Copeland wrote in Self last year, touching on her battle with binge eating. “You’re so used to criticism—from yourself and others—that it’s hard to remember that your body is something to enjoy, not just a never-ending fix-it project.”

We look forward to hearing more body positive messages like this from everyone’s favorite prima ballerina.

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