#WCW: Misty Copeland

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#WCW: Misty Copeland
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Misty Copeland is a phenomenon—and deservedly so. After beginning ballet at 13, she suffered eating disorders and overcame both body-shaming and the systematic racism that keeps many women of color from ascending to ballet’s top ranks.

But that wasn’t enough to stop her—because Misty is amazing (watch her Romeo and Juliet pas des deux if you need proof). In June, she became the first black woman to be named Principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She’s performed with Prince and on Broadway, written books and a documentary about her life. She regularly mentors young dancers, and devotes her time to organizations that aim to improve leadership and create diversity within the ballet world. It’s no wonder Glamour named her one of their Women of the Year—and why she’s our Woman Crush Wednesday. Let’s look back at some of Misty’s most amazing beauty moments.

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In June, Misty became the first black woman to be named Principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She's performed with Prince and on Broadway, written books and a documentary about her life. She regularly mentors young dancers, and devotes her time to organizations that aim to improve leadership and create diversity within the ballet world. It's no wonder Glamour named her one of their Women of the Year—and why she's our Woman Crush Wednesday. Let's look back at some of Misty's most amazing beauty moments.

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Even back in 2011, Misty knew that the best beauty accessory you can have on the red carpet is a big smile.

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Peachy cheeks, glossy lips, a high updo...Misty was working on her signature red carpet look back in 2011.

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Misty often falls into the ballerina hair trap and wears her lovely locks pulled tightly back, rather than loose—we love the loose front section she's rocking here!

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If you've ever wondering if she looks absolutely perfect with long bangs, the answer is yes. Fun hair fact: to prevent breakage when she slicks her hair into a bun for classes and performances, Misty uses conditioner instead of hairspray.

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Misty also is a lifelong user of Proactiv to keep her face—and back—clean and glowing.

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HOT PINK LIPS ALERT! Misty paired this beautifully shiny hot pink lipstick with sexy, smokey eyes and half up-half down for a romantic, yet fun look.

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Center-parted hair and more defined fake lashes give Misty a softer, sexier look at the ABT Opening Night Gala in 2013.

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From here on out, Misty was far more willing to experiment with bold lip colors—like this stunning coral lipstick in 2014—but her favorite shade is still the barely-there Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunkiest Chili ($17, Sephora).

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This stunning brown-pink lip color paired with her signature coiled bun and FLAWLESS eyebrows is a look that works both onstage and on the red carpet—a difficult line, but one that Misty walks well.

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If you've ever wondered how to pair a strong eye with bold lips and not look too over the top, Misty shows you that the key is balancing the look with soft, glowing skin and—what else?—a slick updo. On June 30th, Misty became the first black woman promoted to Principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history.

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Misty performed the role of Ivy Smith in the Broadway revival of On the Town, and totally killed it. Her vintage-inspired hair and makeup were just as stunning.

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Dressed all in white with a long, voluminously curly ponytail and pale pink lips, this beauty look is ethereal and achievable elegance, all at the same time.

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Honored as one of Glamour's Women of the Year, Misty rocked her hair loose for the first time in her red carpet history! Accepting her award from Our Queen Lupita Nyong'o, she thanked the audience for honoring a black ballerina. You can watch the powerful short film shown before she took the stage right here. We love you so much, Misty! You're our woman crush today and every day.

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