From being an amazing and humble athlete to being a loving mother and wife, Serena Williams is a force to be reckoned with.
Serena Williams is our #WCW because she teaches us to overcome adversity and teaches women everywhere that strong is beautiful. Check out more reasons why we look up to this all-star everyday.
By: Jason Suerte Felipe
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player, having won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and several Olympic gold medals. Born on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, Williams started her intensive tennis training at the young age of 3.
Williams won her first major championship in 1999 and completed the Grand Slam in 2003. Williams has also teamed up with her sister, Venus, to win a series of doubles titles. In 2017, she claimed the 23rd Grand Slam single title.
Serena Williams is one of the biggest names in world tennis, but it wasn’t always an easy ride for her as she faced criticism about her body, the color of her skin and her gender.
Considering the hardships she has overcome, it’s not hard to see why Serena Williams is such a success – and our #WCW. Here’s why we love her:
Williams teaches us the importance of perseverance and encourages us to stand for empowerment and strength.
In a wholehearted commercial recently released by Gatorade, Williams teaches her daughter, Alexis, the value in sports. Teaching us the importance of teamwork and perseverance. In the clip, the tennis superstar cradles Alexis in her warm embrace.
“… I beg you in the game of life, please keep playing no matter what. Just like it taught me, sports will teach you to be strong. You’ll discover the power and grace of your body. You’ll learn to move and you’ll learn to move others. Sports will teach you the strength of your allies, whether your bond is blood or by ball, whether she shares the color of your skin or the color of your jersey.
You’ll find your sister in sweat. Sometimes you’ll score goals, sometimes you won’t. But the goals you set, you’ll reach together. You’ll find the courage to stand tall, work harder, and speak louder on whatever playing field you choose in life. So keep playing, my girl. Keep playing.”
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Williams encourages young girls to fight against all odds and to reach for the stars. Despite any adversity we come up against, she encourages us to look past the hatred, stay strong, and believe in ourselves.
Williams is grateful for her body and preaches #StrongIsBeautiful.
Despite the negative backlash she received by the media about her appearance, Williams still pushes forward and encourages body positivity. Because of her muscular physique,Williams has endured a lot of criticism, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her success. Williams embraces her body by frequently hashtagging #strongisbeautiful.
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Williams wrote a passionate letter about body image to her mother and published it on Reddit. Williams talks about how she was accused of taking drugs and how she’s been called a man countless times for being muscular. Instead of hurting her, Williams says it has made her stronger. She teaches all of us the importance of hard work and that we should be proud of who we are.
“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!”
Williams teaches us that strength is found in ourselves and each other.
If there is one thing that Williams teaches us, it’s gratitude. It’s amazing how Williams manages to keep cool under the amount of criticism she gets. She is an amazing role model to women of all ages and her influence will continue to grow.
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We’ll end by sharing a quote by Williams to her mother. A quote that reminds us that whoever we are, it is okay to ask for help. By working together, and encouraging one another, we can all be strong and beautiful.
“Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as challenges – ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same and have the same fortitude you have had. Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.”
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