How Misty Copeland Made It in Ballet, and Her Junk Food Guilty Pleasure

The American Ballet Theatre's first African-American principal dancer says she was often discouraged from following her dream.
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Transcript for How Misty Copeland Made It in Ballet, and Her Junk Food Guilty Pleasure
Now to the groundbreaking ballerina we've been wanting to bring think story. Misty Copeland, oh, my goodness, these taking on a new challenge. Last week, you know, she made history becoming the American ballet company's first female african-american female dancer and now headed to Broadway. You showed us a side we didn't see before. She's such an inspiring person making her debut on the great white way which she won't be just dancing but singing and acting for the first time just one of many firsts for this star. ? she's the unlikely ballet star now making history. Misty, take a bow. Reporter: As the first ever african-american woman to be named principal dancer at the world renown American ballet theatre. Your dream has come true. Have you had a chance to sit with that. No, I definitely had my moments of questioning whether or not this was really the path for me. And it's so surreal that it happened. Reporter: It's a dream the 32-year-old wasn't sure would ever come true. One of six kids raised by a single mom she started dancing at 13 and was often discouraged. It's a european art form and you're used to seeing a type of person as a ballerina and I don't look like a lot of the girls around me. Just being told I'm too muscular, too short. Must have felt so east latin for you. How were you able to push through that? Support, mentors, so many african-american women that just came into my life and helped guide me and keep me on track and encourage me. Reporter: That support helping her become one of the most famous dancers in the country. You have the wrong body for ballet. And at 13, you are too old to considered. Reporter: Even doing an ad for under arm our so as the world gets to know her better we wanted to, as well. What is the last song you listened to. "I feel blessed." Big Sean and Jake. ? I'm way up I feel blessed ? Favorite junk food guilty pleasure. I ate a bag of doritos the other night with tabasco sauce on it. I out of nowhere? That's a good one. Favorite show. I love "Blackish" right now. Heels or flats. Heels. Interesting because I'd expect your feet need a break. They do but I love heels. I'm 5'2" and I like feeling tall. Reporter: And now a towering figure on stage and off. I know Copeland is not change changing the stage but outins too expected to introduce a lot of people to ballet. Just a little perspective about 6 million people go see the ballet live each year. More than 8 million have seen her underarm our ads. What a delight she is. She's inspiring so many people. She has some odd cravings and maybe you may be soon. Do you have something to share.

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