Black Girls Do Ballet: Misty Copeland, Ebony Williams, & Ashley Murphy On Pointe Magazine

May 5, 2014  |  


Source: Pointe Magazine

We’ve had our eye on Misty Copeland for a while now. Ever since we saw her dance with Prince during his “Welcome To America” tour, we knew she was one to watch. The muscular black girl ballerina is physically beautiful and she’s never shy about speaking about the racism that affects ballerinas of color as they advance in the industry. But she’s not the only black woman practicing the craft on the professional level.

So we’re happy to see that Pointe Magazine thought it important to highlight not only Copeland but Ebony Williams and Ashley Murphy on their June/July cover. And what makes this cover even better is the fact that they’re standing over the words “Beyond Role Models.” Love it.

Supposedly, the women will speak about the challenges that come along with being a ballerina, specifically a ballerina of color. Misty Copeland also speaks about her initiative called “Project Plié,” which is a campaign she’s launched, along with the American Ballet Theatre to find more black ballerinas.

Love this! As a former ballerina, this image is so important. And if you have a daughter who’s studying to be a ballerina, be sure to show her the Instagram account Brown Girls Do Ballet, who was one of the first media outlets to report on cover.

Check out the cover and the issue, hit up Brown Girls Do Ballet online and on Instagram and be sure to show your dancing daughters.

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  • Truth

    Simply beautiful

  • Guest

    These ladies embody grace. I’m so proud and happy to see this. Kudos to Pointe Magazine for helping these women break barriers and blazing a trail themselves!! They are truly beyond role models and I am 100% comfortable exposing my daughter to them. Thank you ladies!!!

  • KirikoOu

    Amazing cover !

  • justice

    White people use to say that BLACK women didn’t have the grace to perform ballet but as you can see and know through all of history BLACK people can do anything and often times 100% better. This is beautiful and BLACK is beautiful, always has been and always will be.

  • FromUR2UB

    Cool poses!

  • mmmdot

    What I really love is their dyed to match pointe shoes. Fabulous.

  • Just my opinion…

    AMAZING photo!

  • 9Boots

    This cover is worthy of being framed and passed out to all the aspiring black girl dancers.

    • Danielle

      I was just thinking about buying the mag just for the cover!

      • 9Boots

        Me too!!!!!

  • Gert

    This picture brings back memories! I miss those days…

  • SouthernGirl


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