Misty Copeland Says She'll Be a (Drama-Free) Summer Bride!
The prima ballerina will web Olu Evans this summer
Recently engaged Misty Copeland’s wedding plans are well underway, and so far it appears she’s the anti-bridezilla.
The prima ballerina, who was honored Friday at Variety‘s Power of Women: New York luncheon in New York City for her work bringing more diversity to the ballet world, has revealed she and fianc Olu Evans (who happens to be Taye Diggs’s cousin!) will be having a summer wedding.
“It’s coming along! It’s happening this summer so it’s very soon,” she told PEOPLE at the event at Cipriani Midtown, which was hosted by Billy Eichner and presented by Lifetime. “I’m super busy so I have amazing people taking care of a lot of stuff.”
While she’s keeping some things like theme and location private for now (she did tell Vanity Fair her dream wedding dress wouldn’t be too poofy, saying, “I d like to show my figure, somewhat – romantic and elegant”), she reveals her goal is for the big day to be more about fun and less about details.
“I think I’m a pretty simple girl, so I like for there to be no drama. I just want to enjoy the day, and not have it be about the preparation,” she says.
She has other things on her agenda, anyway. Record-breaking dancer Copeland, 33, became the first African American female principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre. She advocates for the American Ballet Theatre’s Project Pli , an initiative launched in 2013 to increase diversity in ballet companies and schools across the country.
She told PEOPLE that all her success has created some “surreal” moments, including her recent meeting with President Obama.
“All of these things are surreal,” she laughs. “But of course, spending time with the president, having an interview with him, was probably most surreal. The longer I sat there the more I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ How is this happening to me?”
She adds of Obama, “I’ve met him a couple of times, and he’s so cool he makes you feel like you’re a friend.”
Also at the event, which was sponsored by American Airlines and Bailey’s, Julianne Moore, Megyn Kelly, Lupita Nyong’o and Vera Wang were honored, while Mariska Hargitay (who broke down in tears when complimenting all the accomplished women in the room) received the Karma Award from Karma Automotive for her Joyful Heart Foundation.