Serena Williams Hits Back At Body Shamers: Game, Set And Match!
"This is me, and this is my weapon and machine."
She's currently chasing a (very get-able) win in the French open, making an awesome comeback to tennis after the birth of her daughter Olympia -- yep, Serena Williams sure isn't easing back into sport slowly. And she's not holding back when it comes to slamming the body shamers either.
In the July issue of Harpers Bazaar UK, the tennis star (and royal wedding guest) speaks out about being labelled as "manly", and all the negative talk about her muscley frame.
Referring to the rumours she was born a man (she wasn't) and that she and sister Venus were actually the "Williams brothers" (they're, well, not) Serena acknowledges some of what was said had been hard to deal with.
"It was hard for me," Williams tells the mag. "People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong. I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and beautiful, and I am strong and muscular—and beautiful, but, you know, it was just totally different."
The 36-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Olympia in September 2017, also tells the magazine how happy she is to have a daughter.
‘I knew I was having a girl, because when I was playing tennis in the [Australian Open] tournament, I didn’t have one day of morning sickness, no symptoms," she says.
"Australia is really hot, some days can be over 40 degrees, which is insane, but she never complained. I said to Alexis, “This is a girl. Only a woman can be this strong.'
Bazaar asks her about a report in which she had allegedly said one of her goals was to reach a size four. "Oh God, I'll never be a size four," Williams replies. "Why would I want to do that, and be that?
"This is me, and this is my weapon and machine," Williams continues, pointing to her biceps. "But I love that I said that, because I can understand. I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I'm happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like.
"Olympia was born and she had my arms," she adds,"and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy."
And that, everyone, is that. Body shamers be gone.