Who doesn't love a rags to riches ballerina story? No one. Even if you don't enjoy the ballet (not sure how that's possible), you'll fall for the underdog and author of her story Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Misty Copeland.
Growing up one of six children in a family with barely enough money to feed and house all of its members was a reality for Misty. She began her dance career at a Boys and Girls Club, and with the help of a mentor she was able to train at a formal studio for nothing. Her dedication to her art and her school work is the main reason why so many scouts flocked to Misty which opened up many opportunities for her. This biracial beauty broke down ballet barriers like no one has seen in decades. She went on to study at the San Francisco Ballet School, and then worked her ass off to become an official member for the American Ballet Theatre, first in the corps de ballet, then as a soloist. And now look at her writing books. GOOD books to boot! Go girl.