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Hailey Colborn on Ballet
05 Feb 2019

Hailey Colborn on Ballet

“For all 15 of my years training in classical ballet, I was the only African American in my class. Because of this, I’ve always wondered if I belonged there, doing something that I loved so much. My intensive with Dance Theater of Harlem gave me an experience to dance with girls that looked like me and to celebrate being both black and a ballerina. I also found a role model in Misty Copeland, principal with American Ballet Theater. As Miss Teen USA, I hope that I am for young girls what Misty Copeland was for me – an inspiration to celebrate their curves, the color of their skin, and everything about them.”

- Miss Teen USA Hailey Colborn #BlackHistoryMonth