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Serena Williams Opens Up About Handling Scrunity in the Public Eye

Serena Williams Opens Up About Handling Scrunity in the Public Eye

Serena Williams is on the cover of Allure‘s Body + Mind issue, out on newsstands on January 22.

Here’s what the 37-year-old tennis star had to say…

On how family encouraged and prepared her to love herself 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…I think my mom instilled in us to be confident women, to really believe in ourselves, be proud of our heritage, our hair, and our bodies. That was something that was really important for her to teach us. I’m definitely teaching it to my daughter.”

On what she would she tell her daughter, Olympia, about beauty: “When I tell her she’s beautiful, I want to teach her that she’s beautiful from the inside. Giving is beauty. Being kind and humble is the ultimate beauty.”

On what she wants her daughter to know about being strong: “I want her to know that being strong is never easy. Not in this world we are living in…standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected. Those are the people who’ve made a difference in this world, people that stand up for what’s right. If you look at history, those are the people that you really remember. And at the time, oh, my God, it seemed impossible.”

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Credit: Tanya and Zhenya Posternak; Photos: Allure
Posted to: Serena Williams

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