Misty Copeland started ballet at the age of 13. She was very passionate about ballet. Misty didn’t go to a ballet school or anything because she was poor. The only reason she started ballet was because there was a free lesson in a gym. Misty kept practicing ballet and got invited to a ballet school. Then she got accepted to an amazing ballet school with 80 students. None of the students were African , but she didn’t let that stop her. Misty Copeland got a serious injury, but bounced back. She is now the first African American to have the leading role in a ballet. I think Misty Copeland is a great role model because of all these reasons.