I'm not usually one to bitterly envy three-year-olds—can't drink coffee, can only watch Peppa Pig—but Luna Stephens just became the exception. Parents Chrissy Teigen and John Legend took Luna to see The Nutcracker on Sunday, and the toddler got to meet an icon afterwards: unparalleled ballerina and boundary breaker Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. And Luna didn't just meet Copeland—she danced with her. Universe, I will watch 100 consecutive hours of Peppa Pig if it means I get to dance with Misty Copeland!
All ready to see @mistyonpointe in Nutcracker tonight!! pic.twitter.com/7kd2UhRuAGDecember 15, 2019
Teigen documented the whole day on Twitter, beginning with Luna at home, appropriately dressed in a leotard, skirt, tights, ballet shoes, and a ballet bun to complete the look (the ensemble was Luna's choice: Teigen posted on Instagram, "won't wear anything else I tried.") Next, a quick snack of "guac for energy," before the family headed off to the theater.
it’s becoming a pattern @mistyonpointe pic.twitter.com/mZsdIcvl75December 16, 2019
At first, Luna was overwhelmed by Copeland's presence, hiding under a chair in order to process her emotions (and honestly, I think I'd be just as starstruck.) But she soon rallied, resulting in one of the nicest videos to hit Twitter all year: Copeland, Legend, and a delighted Luna dancing around a rehearsal studio together, much to Teigen's amusement.
😭😭😭 @mistyonpointe pic.twitter.com/kR0VO9G7xoDecember 16, 2019
Teigen finished by tweeting her heartfelt thanks to Copeland, writing, "Such a beautiful show. Thank you thank you for taking the time to say hi to such a fan. She (we) will remember this forever. Thank you, @mistyonpointe!" Copeland responded with a string of heart emojis. And now I need to find a chair large enough for an adult woman to hide under, because I am overcome by all these feelings.
Such a beautiful show. Thank you thank you for taking the time to say hi to such a fan. She (we) will remember this forever. Thank you, @mistyonpointe! pic.twitter.com/i5hcZ7rzf8December 16, 2019
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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