Allure Magazine introduces Serena Williams, their Cover Star for the month of January, with references to other goddesses who only need first-name introductions. Athena, Arthemis, Oprah… and then the one and only Serena!

I call her the Worlds greatest Female Athlete. Serena is a Mother, Wife, Fashionista, Multiple Award/Trophy winning inspirational Black Queen! Mrs. Williams sits down with Allure Magazine’s Ashley C. Ford and talks success, self-love and everything else she is passing down to her super adorable daughter Olympia. Read excerpts from her interview as you scroll…

Serena Williams holds an astonishing 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a slew of doubles trophies, and four Olympic gold medals. In her spare time she had a baby, got married to Initialized Capital and Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and started a clothing company. #ThisMAMA can do it all.

“There weren’t a lot of role models for me to look up to [in the sport] and say, ‘Wow, I want to look like this!’… I kind of had to be that role and be that person,” she says. When Serena and her sister Venus became two of the most recognizable figures in tennis, their parents encouraged them to love themselves, and the way they looked, even under the sometimes cruel scrutiny of the public eye. “Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves. We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be black in tennis. And that was different.”

Like most athletes, Williams has experienced her share of injuries during a lifelong physical career. Rebounding physically from a pregnancy was something she’d never had to do before, but she decided she would. And she did. Post-pregnancy, she became a Wimbledon finalist. Again. She decides; she moves; she gets it done. Coming back must have felt amazing, I say, and she confirms: “I’m feeling pretty good about my body. I worked hard at it in the past eight months to get back from the baby. It hasn’t been easy. I’m not 21 anymore. But I did it slow and steady.” Slow and steady was the right track for her. And though this was new territory, she felt comfortable with the process: “After I came out [of the hospital], I had a stomach, but I thought, This is kind of cool. I have a stomach because the baby was there.”

The story gets better…head straight to the source and read all of it right HERE

Credits; Allure Magazine

Photography: Tanya and Zhenya Posternak
Fashion stylist: Jaime Kay Waxman
Hair: Vernon François
Makeup: Carlene K.
Manicure: Lila Robles
Set design: Bryn Bowen
Production: Madeline Breed for Purple Lamb Productions.


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