She was Prince’s muse, a former member of President Obama’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, inspired a documentary, starred in a Disney film…and so much more. As the first African American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is a legend. She broke the ballerina mold and fought for diversity on and off-stage and reached the top of her field. Today, she’s shining worldwide with her virtual ballet Masterclass. It’s no shock that Breitling chose her as one of their spokeswomen for the launch of their first perfect fake Chronomat Ladies Collection. Below, Copeland opens up about her groundbreaking ballet career, Black Lives Matter, and being a Breitling ambassador.
You are one of the new Breitling ambassadors, alongside Charlize Theron and Yao Chen, for the Chronomat Ladies Collection. This is the first collection fully dedicated to women, with the first entirely female squad. What does this mean to you?
It makes sense for me to have this first campaign be so celebratory of women in this moment in such a positive light. Alongside two incredible, strong, diverse women, I think it just speaks to everything that I stand for. I would never have something that risked my integrity just to be a part of a brand, just to make money or to be connected with a brand that’s seen worldwide…The collection is very high-end and glamorous but also has a casual masculinity to it. And I feel that’s definitely how I would describe my style.
There are two sizes, a big one and a smaller one. Which one do you wear?
I have really small wrists but I love the big one. I feel like this watch definitely represents that women are more than one thing. It can be styled in many ways. As beautiful and elegant as it is, I see a masculinity in both the small and larger one.
Do you believe that watches are a family heirloom you can pass on to your children?
As an artist, I view art in that way. An incredible, beautiful commodity, something where the worth is timeless, whether it’s collecting art or having beautiful designer items: clothing, fashion, shoes, jewelry. I think that not only for the tradition and history, which means so much to me, I mean clearly being a part of the ballet world, which is so rich in both. It is a powerful thing to be able to pass down something that has a story to the next generation, and that is valuable. Especially as a Black woman and as a Black American, that’s not often something that’s been made available to us, so it makes me so proud to be able to own things that I can pass on to my next of kin.
Do you remember your first watch?
I do. When I was younger, well I still do to this day, I had an obsession with sunflowers and sunflower seeds. I remember my mom buying me this watch that had a big sunflower on the face, and it just meant so much to me. I didn’t have a lot of valuables. I don’t know where it is now! I wish I did!
Last year you launched your ballet technique Masterclass to offer a look behind the curtain and to show the human side of professional dance. Do you feel this outlet has been successful in bringing a new demographic into the space?
Absolutely! I have this experience from the many opportunities that I had, which is why I want to be as open with opportunities as I can because I know that it can reach such different audiences, whether it’s through Swiss made replica Breitling or through Masterclass. The types of letters in response that we have gotten from Masterclass have been so incredible, people who you would never think, or maybe themselves would never think they would at all be interested in learning about what seems to be the ballet technique. It’s exposing everyone to it, the same person who goes and looks at Stephen Curry’s basketball Masterclass may stumble upon mine and it may be a window for them to explore and learn about something new. The fact that it just keeps growing, every couple of months there’s another article titled “I Took Misty’s Masterclass” and they write about it and then more people are interested, so it’s amazing to have a platform where it can exist forever and people can continue to explore it throughout the years.