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Ballerina Misty Copeland on the Power of Example, Drake and Prince’s Scent


A few years ago you performed with Prince on tour and danced as he played “The Beautiful Ones.” I only have one question, what does his purpleness smell like?
Like a normal person.

Damn, I wanted him to smell like flowers and money …
He’s super normal and I don’t think a lot of people get to experience that side of him but he was a mentor to me as well. It’s amazing to be surrounded by powerful and iconic people who support each other and he’s all about that. He’s hooked me up with other black women who’ve become mentors to me. Working with him as performer was an incredible growth experience, even though he obviously has no real connection to ballet. But just seeing him perform with all of his years of experience and being up there with him was like nothing I’ve ever felt. It was an awesome moment in my life that I can frame.

When you’re home, do you relax to classical music?
I don’t put on classical music too much. I like to put on MTV Jams in the morning. I love old soul, R&B and some of the newer hip hop but a lot of it … I can’t.

You don’t like Trinidad James, you don’t want to have all gold everything?
(laughs) I had such a normal upbringing. I came from a typical black family and that’s still very much how I am when I’m not dancing at the Metropolitan Opera House.

I think I’ve just been stunted on. Also, I’m waiting for your Wheaties box, just saying …
Bring it.

Misty Copeland’s Five Favorite Songs:

Amel Larrieux’s “For Real”

Aretha Franklin’s “The House That Jack Built”

Sade – I love Sade, any song of hers.

Mariah Carey – I can’t neglect Mariah because I grew up obsessing about her. Old Mariah. (PLR: Pre-boob job Mariah) Yes! And nose.

Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” – I must say I do like Drake’s new song. I can’t look at the video but I like the song. I started from the bottom and now I’m here too so maybe we have something in common.

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