Misty Copeland & THAT Ad
I love everything about this ad. When I saw it for the first time last week, my heart raced as I watched it. I can think of few things that so powerfully get across the message of female athleticism, not giving up and being at the top of your game, than this. As fit women, yes, we all cheered that finally, an athletic body, in all its toned, muscular glory, is being shown and praised, but it is so much more than that.
I was a dancer growing up. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t spent the majority of my time out of school hours in a dance studio. I think it is one of the best activities you can do, not only to get moving, but to teach you discipline, poise, confidence, performance. I doubt I’d have had the guts to do most of the things I’ve done in my life had I not had that solid dance background.
My style of choice was Contemporary, but I worked my way through some ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, even Irish dancing. When it came to ballet, I always felt I didn’t have the right body for it. So it’s no surprise this ad resonated with me.
And isn’t that the case for a lot of us? The stories we tell ourselves, and allow others to tell to us, dictate how we go about our lives. That is especially so when it comes to our bodies. When I talk to women who don’t exercise, the main reason I hear is ‘I can’t run’ or ‘I’d die if I tried that’. In all likelihood, they’ve been telling themselves that story for so long, it’s just easier to believe it than to break out and actually try. Or maybe your school PE teacher told you you’d never be able to run long distance, or were too uncoordinated to play tennis or whatever the case may be.
And so back to Misty Copeland – if she’d believed those stories, we wouldn’t be looking at the first African American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. So I really hope that all women take something from this – that we can be who we want to be, that our bodies are our tools, we control them and it just takes some guts to write your body story the way you want it.
Channel your inner Misty Copeland today.