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Misty Copeland Recreates Iconic Paintings And It's Absolutely Stunning

BALLET. BEAUTY. BADASS LADY.

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Harper's Bazaar had Misty Copeland recreate beautiful paintings of ballet dancers by Dégas.

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K, I wish I had 1/1000 of that grace and ability to dance without looking a fool.

First of all, the clothes they used for this shoot are GORGEOUS.

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The dresses and tutus and floaty fabrics were pulled from both traditional dance stores (like Mirella and Capezio) and haute couture houses (like Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, and more).

Misty is the first African-American woman to be the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, and she's got a KILLER smile.

Dégas was a French Impressionist painter in the late 19th century, most famous for his paintings and sculptures of ballerinas behind the scenes in Paris.

She focused on recreating the paintings precisely.

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She told Harper's Bazaar, "Trying to re-create what Dégas did was really difficult. It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there's movement. That's what I think is so beautiful and difficult about dance too. You're trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving.”

It took a lot of tries and a lot of swoon-worthy moves.

Misty had to nail every movement carefully, from the littlest motion of her finger...

...To the most perfect arch of her back.

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WTF is this Mad Max-esque dress and how is it working so well for this ballet shoot??

The pictures look somehow super modern and also just like these paintings from the late 19th century.

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"I see a great affinity between Dégas's dancers and Misty...She has knocked aside a long-standing music-box stereotype of the ballerina and replaced it with a thoroughly modern, multicultural image of presence and power."

-- Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum, as quoted in Harper's Bazaar.

Let's see that again:

Here's Misty channeling Dégas' Dancer (Dancer in Green).

Cool, yeah, I look dignified and cool like that when I bend over at the waist.

Perhaps practicing for Dégas' Two Dancers On A Bench?

Honestly, Misty's living my 6-year-old heart's dream life: really good at ballet and also in a fashion magazine and also super strong and respected.

Keep on slaying, Misty. <3 <3 <3

.@mistyonpointe recreates Degas' most famous works, photographed by @nycdanceproject: https://t.co/3MnJpAhXbq

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