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As a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, touring is de rigueur for Misty Copeland. But with performances currently on the back burner, she and her husband, Olu Evans, are finally getting a chance to properly settle into the prewar Manhattan apartment they bought two years ago, and which she describes as having “a little funkiness and a little glamour.”

After releasing Bunheads, her children’s book, in 2020, Copeland, 38, is now working on two more books, while also partnering with LG Signature (she’s an avid cook) and luxury watch company Breitling to shine a light on global causes and redefine what it means to be a strong woman.

Until the new dance and travel season takes off, here are five of Copeland’s favorite home items keeping her cozy and content while staying put.


“As a young Black couple, it’s really important for us to support Black artists. Ndidi Emefiele is a young Nigerian artist who my husband and I discovered about five years ago. We just fell in love with this piece.”


“This photo of me and Raven Wilkinson, who was a mentor of mine, sits on the center island of my dressing room. Raven was a ballerina in the 1950s and the first Black woman to dance for the ballet, Russe de Monte Carlo. She’s been a role model and, incredibly, we became really close friends. She passed away two years ago, but she means everything to me.”


“If you look closely, there are places in the frame that have been broken and put back together. I think that’s my favorite part about it. The designer we worked with, Brigette Romanek, found it. Her sense of style is unbelievable. I really liked the subtle pink, gold, and cream tones.”


“I’m a huge cook and baker. So, to have a range like this—I had never had one my whole time in New York City—is amazing. Now I can bake things at different temperatures, for different times, and there’s a center attachment for grilling. It does so many things and it really makes me step outside of my comfort zone, which has been especially great during this time.”


“In the ballet world, costumes are everything and the history of 18th- and early 19th-century costuming is so relevant. The photographs are just stunning, and the book recounts the history of and evolution of costumes.”