By Natasha

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Misty Copeland is the epitome of Young, Black & Fabulous. Her latest magazine cover made us scream with #BlackGirlJoy. Check out the Prima Ballerina’s latest inside…

Misty Copeland is covering the September 2015 issue of ESSENCE magazine. And it is EVERYTHING. From the dress to the strong pose to the style and grace, Misty is effortlessly slaying.

We first took notice of the Kansas City native in 2007 when she landed a soloist position with ABT. We first featured her here on YBF in 2013 after she became the muse of Prince and landed a gorgeous spread in Italian VOGUE.

Along with making history as the first Principal Ballerina for the American Ballet Theater this past June, it’s been nothing but a well deserved meteoric rise for Misty. The YBF chick told ESSENCE in the issue:

“I never knew it was going to get to this level. There are a lot of times when I wish it wasn’t so much. But I wanted this type of exposure for the dance community. I wanted it to be an opportunity for me to educate people and get them to become ballet fans and to educate them on what it means to be a Black dancer—a Black ballet dancer…”

Looks like her mission has been accomplished. Get her full story when the September issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on Friday, August 14th.

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