Truer words have never been spoken. During a press junket for her new children’s book, Firebird, Copeland spoke about issues dealing with body shaming, especially when it comes to black women.
“As a dancer, when you’re put in front of the spotlight and an audience, it is a subjective art form. Not everyone is going to like you,” she said during the interview. “But it’s hard when you’re being judged for things you can’t control, like the color of your skin, like the type of body that you have.”
The newly crowned Under Armor spokeswoman said that black women can be graceful dancers, even if their bodies are different.
“Everyone has different body types. It’s really, I think, ignorant to just kind of categorize someone and say all African-Americans have this body, therefore you can’t do this,” she explained. “It’s not true. You look at track runners, you look at models, you look at swimmers that are African-American, and they don’t have that body that they’re saying only exists for African-American women.”
Copeland added that it’s important to remember skin color doesn’t dictate talent.
“You can be any color, you can morph your body into what it’s capable of becoming, and it can be beautiful still and fit into that realm of what classical ballet should be,” she said.
Check out the full interview below: