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Misty Copeland—a Ballet Principal, Author, and Advocate of the Arts—Shares 18 of Her Daily Essentials

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Misty Copeland was 13 and living in a San Pedro, California, motel with her mom and siblings, when she took her first ballet class at a Boys & Girls Club. It was an unassuming entry into an elite world ("the class was on a basketball court," she recalls), but no matter: Her innate talent was unmistakable. Today, Copeland is one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in the world, with the distinction of being the first Black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Misty's Top Picks

She's a rarity in her field for a wealth of other reasons, too. The star, who regularly sells out audiences for Swan Lake and Firebird, is the author of seven books and cofounder of Life in Motion Productions, a company dedicated to improving representation in the arts. As her friends know, she's also a force in the kitchen (her salsa verde is legendary) and a fashion aficionado whose closet is an A-to-Z of joyful glam (Alexander Wang to Balmain to Louis Vuitton to Zimmermann, that is). She's passionate about interior design and collecting African American art, as well.

"Because I didn't have a privileged background, I've always hungered to learn and grow," she says. "Staying open to the wider world has probably made me a better artist, too." Below, Copeland shares a few of her favorite things, from her latest children book and go-to pair of jeans to her signature nail color and liqueur.

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Black Ballerinas

$20, amazon.com

"My latest book for children is a celebration of 27 dancers of color who shaped history."

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Skims Essential Scoop-Neck Bodysuit in Onyx

$68, skims.com

"I live in this! Paired with skinny jeans and a hoodie, it's my everyday streetwear."

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Le Labo Neroli 36 Eau de Parfum

$289, nordstrom.com

"I steal it from my husband. It has a unique warmth I love."

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Hampton Sun SPF 30 Mineral Mist

$34, net-a-porter.com

"It smells delicious and is so light—not at all sticky."

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Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea

$3.99, target.com

"I've never liked coffee, but I'll have a calming cup of this tea any time of day."

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Tiffany's Paloma's Graffiti Small Love Pendant in Rose Gold

$900, tiffany.com

"My husband gave this to me when we were dating; I never take it off."

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Rouge Hermès Lip Shine in Poppy

$69, saksfifthavenue.com

"I love how it leaves a sheer, shimmery tint."

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

$32.50, ulta.com

"This classic moisturizer is lightweight and unscented."

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Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Jeans in Lupine

$228, nordstromrack.com

"I have muscular legs and a small waist, so it's hard to find pairs that don't make me look like the Hulk! These fit and have just the right stretch."

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Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle

$7, amazon.com

"A dancer's nails have to be neutral. This has been my go‐to since age 13."

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Apple HomePod Mini

$99, apple.com

"We're always telling Siri to turn on music."

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Lovers Live by Sade

$6.75, amazon.com

"This album reminds me of the earliest days with my husband."

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St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

$35, wine.com

"I add a splash to prosecco for a tiny hint of sweetness."

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Farrow and Ball Paint in Plummett No. 272

$115 a gallon, farrow-ball.com

"My hallway is painted in this, with a high‐gloss finish. It feels so glamorous and regal!"

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Breville Sous Chef Food Processor, 12 inches

$349, breville.com

"I love to cook. I make pestos, salsas, and sauces with this."

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$2.69, target.com

"I don't believe in depriving myself. They're timeless and not too sweet."

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Another Mask to Hold (Mixed Media Collage, 2020) by Deborah Roberts

Price upon request, deborahrobertsart.com

"Her work has such power and depth."

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White Orchids

"For holidays and my birthday, these are everywhere at home. I can't get enough."