Tennis star Serena Willians on beauty, fashion and body confidence issues as she covers the latest edition of Haper Bazaar Magazine.
by Rae Ogbu
We love Serena Williams and we can’t say that enough. She is the star on the tennis court and the queen of feminism. Now she covers the latest issue of Haper Bazaar Magazine.
“There have been so many times in my career when my confidence has been low,” Serena Williams tells us from the set of her June cover shoot in Miami. “I don’t go into every tournament having the most confidence… I think that’s normal.
“How do I cope with it? I keep it to myself, I use positive affirmations and I try to believe in myself. Then I take things one stage at a time.”
ON BODY CONFIDENCE
“It was hard for me”, she said. “People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I am strong. I was different to Venus; she was thin and tall and beautiful. I am strong and muscular- and beautiful, but you know; it was just totally different.”
“Oh God! I will never be a size 4! Why would I want to do that?” She marvels. “This is me and this is my weapon and machine.”
“I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I’m happy with who I am and with what I am and what I look like.”
“Olympia was born and she had my arms and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy.”
On FASHION & BEAUTY:
During this interview, Serena is getting a pedicure at a spa in New York. She is painting her toenails pink. Pink is her favourite colour. “I’m the most girlie out of all my sisters.”