Michaela was an orphan in Sierra Leona, and was branded 'devil-child' because of her rare skin condition. As war raged, a vision came to her from another world.
Outside the orphanage she saw a picture of a ballet dancer......
She said: It was strange because the dancer looked so beautiful and so happy, so i ripped it and tucked it into my underwear. I kept looking at it every night and dreamt about America.
Michaela was adopted by an american couple and today is a rising star in the ballet world. Being black in the ballet still restricts her for getting the prima ballerina roles....
People say: 'Ah well you're too dark for this role'
Michaela: "I would like people to change the way they see black dancers. I just want to be a great TEEN role-model. I would hate to disappoint anybody"
teen-i-am: teenagers DON'T support prejudice