These Words Of Wisdom From A Black Ballerina Are Giving Us So Much Life

In 2012, Olivia Boisson became the first Black woman to join the New York City Ballet in over a decade. Now, Boisson is inspiring others to be themselves. 

In a new ad for Puma, which Boisson shared on Instagram, the 24-year-old offered words of wisdom.

“To be successful in anything, you have to be confident in yourself. We all have days where we don’t feel like we’re good enough. Something terrible happens or you fall or you mess up a step,” she said. “You need to find a way to keep yourself up. You have to wake up and be better than yesterday. You’re going to be the best at whatever you’re doing. By being yourself. Never do anybody else. Do you.”

The video includes Boisson dancing through the streets of New York City, stretching on scaffolding, and twirling in an alley. The ballet star adds, “Wake up and be better than yesterday.”

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