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BREAKING BARRIERS

Ballerina. Athlete. Ambassador. Role model. Barrier breaker. Misty Copeland is all these and more, and during one of the biggest snowstorms of 2017, she glides effortlessly into our New York City studio and breaks into the thousand-watt smile that is as much her trademark as is her impossibly flawless body.

Lean, lithe and beautifully strong, Copeland’s physique is part iconic Balanchine and part Olympic sprinter, and with full, round muscle bellies and elegant lines competing for attention — the eye is not sure where to focus. As she strikes pose after pose for our photo shoot, it’s equally as easy to imagine her as a

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