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Misty Copeland Just Shut Down a Major Myth About Ballet Dancers

The iconic ballerina stars in Stuart Weitzman's holiday campaign, and gave InStyle some insight about what it's like to be in her shoes.

This Is Ballerina Misty Copeland's Favorite Pre-Workout Snack

As the American Ballet Theater's principal dancer (a star player in the latest big-screen Nutcracker adaptation, out in theaters now), Misty Copeland relies on healthy snacks to get her through long training session. But that doesn't mean the superstar ballerina doesn't enjoy the occasion ice cream cone break as well. Copeland includes both on her her list of obsessions (which, for the perhaps inclusion of Netflix's Glow series alone, makes us love her even more) — keep reading for the 411 on her favorite things!

The Best New Movies to Go See This November

We're well on our way to winter, and in case you can't tell by the weather, just take a look at the movies making their way to the theaters. The Awards season rat race continues this month, with a number of heavy hitters like Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman and Emma Stone all gracing the silver screen. Not only are the awards contenders coming in hot, but some holiday favorites are also ready for their debut. A re-imagining of Dr. Seuss' classic The Grinch, as well as a big-screen adaptation of the classic ballet The Nutcracker starring prima ballerina Misty Copeland will premiere just in time for a turkey trot over to your friendly neighborhood multiplex.  All this to say, there's something for everyone this month. Scroll on to see the movies we're most excited about. Watch: Badass Women Dinner: Get Out and Vote

Misty Copeland, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and More Come Together for the DVF Awards

If you went looking for a group of passionate changemakers on Friday night, they were probably at the United Nations. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg turned the fourth floor of the U.N. into a powerfully casual celebration for the 9th annual DVF Awards, complete with small chocolate dessert towers and white lounge couches in lieu of traditional seats.  The room was packed with extraordinary women—from Parkland shooting survivor Delaney Tarr, who stood in the back before Diane beckoned her forward for a shout out, to Gloria Steinem, who sat on a white couch in a bedazzled jewel jacket, listening intently to each speech—and everyone was there to honor five specific women:  Ariela Suster, founder of SEQUENCE; Jaha Dukureh, CEO and founder of Safe Hands for Girls; Luma Mufleh, CEO and founder of Fugees Family Inc.; Misty Copeland, the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who took home the Lifetime Leadership Award.  Each honoree received $50,000 to support the organization of their choice. This event came at a good time—sandwiched within an unprecedented political climate and the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp—and the emotional speeches reflected this period. Even so, there was plenty of behind-the-scenes action that turned the ocassion from a simple event to a moment. VIDEO: Diane von Furstenberg: "Being Older Is an Achievement"  Scroll below for the red carpet and some of the standout points of the evening. 

7 Ways Misty Copeland Keeps Up Her Ballet Body

"As a teen, I had a ballerina's body," says Misty Copeland. So when her middle-school drill-team coach suggested dance classes, she took the tip and eventually studied at San Francisco Ballet School. Today Copeland, 35, is the first African-American female principal dancer with N.Y.C.'s American Ballet Theatre. During the six months a year when the ballet is in season, she can spend seven hours every day training for shows like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker (Copeland has a lead dance role in the upcoming Disney movie version of the latter). But caring for her body takes more than pliés. "You need a balance between eating clean and working out." Here, a few of the rituals that keep her mind and body ballet-ready.

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