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Misty Copeland Gets Real About Body Image Struggles in New Documentary

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Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland, 33, made history this summer when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Now, thanks to the new documentary, "A Ballerina's Tale," in theaters and VOD today, you can witness the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame poverty, racial discrimination, and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most successful—not to mention inspiring—dancers of her generation.

Copeland is also known for defying the reigning aesthetic in the ballet world—while ballerinas tend to be on the tall side, Copeland is just 5 feet, 2 inches, and bustier than most. In this Shape-exclusive video clip, Copeland shares just how much she she struggled with self-esteem and body image on her road to success.