Maya Plisetskaya hasn’t lived a few months until her 90th birthday – just like my grandma a year ago. Here in these photos the prima ballerina’s grace and humour are commemorated by Richard Avedon. She dedicated her entire life to music and ballet and is survived by dozens of grateful students who drew inspiration from her brilliant, if sometimes difficult, character. She is mourned by her husband, composer Rodion Schedrin, and thousands of fans throughout the world. Yet we shall continue finding inspiration in the life and work of this truly unique, inimitable woman. Ave, Maya!