When we think of Serena Williams, the words power, confidence and strength automatically come to mind. And of course – some pretty mad tennis skills. But, this tennis superhero is so much more than just what you see on the tennis court and we are so excited to see her on the cover of the September issue of SELF magazine, hitting newsstands August 9th.
“I am who I am. I love who I am,” Williams told SELF in the cover story interview.
We love all that girl power that William exudes pretty much everywhere she goes, but she also has the accolades to back it up. This lady has won 71 single championships, earned more than $77 million in prize money, is the first African American woman in the Open Era to win a grand slam title and can count 1,000 victories in her career so far (if you take into consideration her doubles wins – mostly with her sister Venus by her side).
We’re in complete awe of all her victories. But even more impressive? This message she is sending to women everywhere: “I love my body, and I would never change anything about it,” she told SELF. “I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself.”
She will be competing again in Rio in just a few short days, going for her 5th gold medal. We’re rootin’ for her!
Photo credit: SELF