Serena Williams Talks Body Shame In New Issue of 'Fitness' Magazine

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/14/2014 | 04:30 PM EDT

The tennis icon opens up about not always loving her 'womanly curves'

What’s Good? Serena Williams!


The tennis champion is looking gorgeous on the new May issue of Fitness Magazine. But as much as people praise her for curvy frame, the 32-year-old admits in the mag’s cover story, that she didn’t always feel comfortable in her body.


Williams, who’s the oldest world number one player in women’s tennis history, said that because she was an athlete, she always frowned on her voluptuous body type when she was younger.


“When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete—long and lean—not with a womanly figure,” Williams said.


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However, as Williams fought her way up the tennis ladder over the last two decades, she discovered that women around the world actually admired her for the very thing she disliked about herself.


“People my age started coming up to me and saying, ‘I love you because of the way you look.’ That was really motivating. So I learned to be proud of my curves and embrace my large boobs. It’s all about loving who you are and realizing that you’re beautiful,” she said.


And while it’s nearly impossible to achieve the body of a sports goddess, Williams did dish on how she stays fit when she’s off the tennis court.


“For me it’s so important to mix it up, I ran, and then I biked,” she said. “Then I did elliptical [and] I tried yoga. I started dancing because I couldn’t train when I was sick. We started making up moves, and it was fun. Now I run for 10 minutes and then I dance.”


It’s interesting how most women today desire a “bootylicious” body frame like Williams’, yet in the world of sports the standard is so different. Still, it’s always good when a woman can speak openly about her trepidations with body image, and show others that they’re not alone.

(Photo: Fitness Magazine)

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