Michaela DePrince – Wishing On A Star?
24 year old Michaela Mabinty DePrince (born Mabinty Bangura) is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer. Her father was killed by rebels & her mother died of fever & starvation in war torn Sierra Leone.
Michaela’s vitiligo, was frowned upon & led to her uncle leaving her at an orphanage where she was taunted, abused & called the devil’s child.
Michaela was inspired by the photo of a beautiful ballerina en pointe on the front cover of a magazine she found blowing in the wind. She was adopted by the DePrinces an American family with 11 children, 9 of these were adopted.
Michaela has overcome stereotypes of beauty & race to achieve her phenomenal success first as the youngest dancer in the history of Dance Theatre of Harlem; soloist for the Dutch National Ballet; & UK debut, dancing Myrtha in English National Ballet’s Giselle. Her role in the documentary First Position in 2011 made her a household name.
Michaela’s book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina was written with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince.
She’s been a goodwill ambassador with the Dutch organisation War Child since 2016.
Great job Michaela????♀️??♀️?