Serena Williams is on a hot winning streak, both on and off the court. She's lauded as the best women's tennis player on the planet and is on the verge of a calendaryear Grand Slam, an achievement no woman has reached since Steffi Graf in 1988.
In spite of her unparalleled skill, Williams' accomplishments are unfortunately often overshadowed by discussions about her body that even the New York Times sunk to. Her incredible, muscular physique has been the subject of many a think piece and the object of derision by semi-prominent buffoons such as the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, who called her and her sister, Venus Williams, "brothers."
But Serena Williams could not give less of a hoot about what people think about her body.
In an interview on Good Morning America on Monday, Williams told co-anchor Robin Roberts that she's learned to love her body.
"I love how I look," she said. "I love that I am a full woman; I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm beautiful at the same time — and there's nothing wrong with that."
Williams also said that focusing on the negatives can bring anyone down and that she doesn't have time for that, on account of the actual important things already on her plate. "I don't have time to be brought down, I have too many things to do. I have Grand Slams to win," she said, smiling, "I have people to inspire. And that's what I'm here for."
Yet another reason for us to respect the indomitable athlete. We truly can't get enough of Serena.
Watch her interview here:
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