I think almost every little girl dreams of someday becoming a ballet dancer. I was no different. I dreamed of being on that stage in a beautiful costume, and effortlessly dancing Swan Lake in front of thousands of people. I could hear their applause, feel their admiration, but alas my dream was not to be. My hard working parents could never afford those expensive classes or costumes; and I remember thinking as I stared at my caramel skin, that all ballet dancers were white anyway. There was no place for a brown girl. The little brown girls growing up today have no need to worry about giving up those dreams. Misty Copeland, a social media sensation, and arguably the most famous ballet dancer in the world, has now become the first African-american woman principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. That she has opened doors for other brown girls to enter is the understatement of the century. Little girls everywhere will now see that you can accomplish anything, with hard work, determination and intelligence. Congratulations @mistyonpointe!