These Six Images From Misty Copeland's New Book Are Stunning

Photo: Courtesy of Gregg Delman/Rizzoli.
What could be as breathtaking as seeing ballet dancer Misty Copeland on stage in all her glory? Seeing Misty Copeland in all her glory — between the glossy pages of a gorgeous coffee-table book.

Misty Copeland by Gregg Delman
is the photographer's ode to the dancer, who is captured in dozens of magnificent poses so inspiring, we're seriously considering taking some ballet classes.

Delman first came across Copeland in a magazine back in 2011 and was so impressed by her that he reached out to her agent on a whim. Fast-forward five years, and the duo have produced a gorgeous collection of portraits, beginning with a foreword from Copeland herself, who reveals that for most of the shoots, she did her own hair and makeup and wore her own clothes. "Although ballet is movement, it's also an incredibly visual art form," she writes. "We tell many stories with our bodies."

Luckily for us, we've got a preview of that story with some of the most beautiful images from the book, on stands now. Check them out in our slideshow.

More from Books & Art

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.