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Yes, even this unstoppable ballerina almost sidelined her career.

Kelly Bryant,
October 19, 2015

If you've been following the career of ballerina Misty Copeland, it's nearly impossible not to consider this woman to be the epitome of strength.

Not only is she physically strong, but the 33-year-old rose above a difficult childhood to become the first African-American woman to earn the title of principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater. But body insecurities are a universal plight and Copeland's consumed her for a portion of her career.

In the documentary A Ballerina's Tale, the dancer is very open about the issues she struggled with every day.

"I didn't want to stare at myself in the mirror," she says. "I didn't even want to come to class in the morning."

The film, which is currently in theaters and available on VOD, is incredibly inspiring, with some painful moments that are also teachable for all of us who struggle with insecurities.

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