Serena Williams Speaks About Her Body & Sexuality with 'The Fader'
Here’s what the 35-year-old tennis star had to share with the mag:
On her advice for women speaking up against discrimination: “It doesn’t matter your background or where you’re coming from. You can speak to your neighbor, you can speak to your friend about how you feel about something. You can post on social media. I think it’s really important, first of all, to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re living where I’m from, Compton, or if you’re living somewhere else, that’s what makes the world go round. Each person is just as important as the next. Each person has a voice.”
On the public opinion of her sexuality: “Yeah, you know, it was she’s too strong, and then she’s too sexy, and then she’s too strong again. So I’m like, Well, can you choose one? But either way, I don’t care which one they choose. I’m me and I’ve never changed who I am. I actually do dance a lot, so when that opportunity to appear in Lemonade came up and we were working with choreographers, just trying to figure out what to do, it was really kind of organic.”
On the public opinion of her body: “People have been talking about my body for a really long time. Good things, great things, negative things. People are entitled to have their opinions, but what matters most is how I feel about me, because that’s what’s going to permeate the room I’m sitting in. It’s going to make you feel that I have confidence in myself whether you like me or not, or you like the way I look or not, if I do. That’s the message I try to tell other women and in particular young girls. You have to love you, and if you don’t love you no one else will. And if you do love you, people will see that and they’ll love you too.”
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