CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL

I've always been a fan of the ballet. I remember reading a New Yorker piece about Misty Copeland three years ago which explored her past, her present and her indisputable mark on the ballet industry. Considered a prodigy, Copeland did not discover dance until she was 13. This is about 10 years too late, a lifetime in ballet years, to start training. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history. Startling late was not the only hurdle in Copeland's life, however. By age 15, her mother and ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, fought a custody battle over her. Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding profession...

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I believe, you see, in the dream.... There’s a lot to say about Diana Vreeland. As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue from 1963 until 1971, founder of the Met Costume Ball and style icon, she changed the idea of not just fashion, but individuality. With nothing but a dream, she rose to prominence without formal education or beauty. She didn't need either, however, because she was Diana Vreeland. Fantasy to Mrs. Vreeland, sometimes, is applied to her in a derogatory sense, that the fantasy eclipses the reality, the authority, the academic. And I think that this view is wrong. The fantasy to Mrs. Vreeland is like a pulse, because when she felt the pulse, it kept everything alive for her. — ‘The eye needs to travel’, Diana Vreeland Unimpressed by tren...

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Rejection is a part of life. If everything came easy, nothing would be worth it. For many, however, after enough rejections it can feel like it's not worth it at all. Where there's a will, however, there's a way. And where there's rejection, there's breakthrough. These nine female authors prove that. Not only were they rejected, but they received sarcastic, rude and scathing reasons as to why their works were no good. Despite their countless rejections, they all persevered to produce some of the selling and greatest works the world has ever read. Sylvia Plath "There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice." "Miss Play has a way with words and a sharp eye for unusual and vivid detail. But maybe now that this book is out of her system ...

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