Dealing with body image issues, especially while in the public eye, can be downright horrendous. Serena Williams knows firsthand what that’s like, despite being one of the most decorated and celebrated athletes on the planet, growing up in the spotlight left her susceptible to constant ridicule about her body and size.
When interviewing recently with Harper’s Bazaar UK, she was reminded that she used to say she was working on getting down to a size 4.
Now, she completely laughs at the idea. 14 years later, she’s come to terms with her body and has learned to love it’s strength, ability and build.
She happily says, “Oh God, I’ll never be a size 4!”
She’s come to the point in her life where she wonders why she could even want that. She knows that the body she has is “my weapon and machine.”
Williams says that she has found joy and peace in herself and her body over the years but since she had her daughter, she is happy she’s had those struggles and that she’s found peace in accepting and loving her body the way it is.
She’ll be able to explain to her daughter when she gets older that it’s okay to be fearful or discontent and to struggle but that you can grow out of those spaces to self-acceptance and love.
Williams admitted that the physical comparisons between her and sister, Venus, also took a toll when she was growing up. Venus is thin and tall while Serena is strong and muscular.
It took her a long time to come to terms with how she was different physically and why that was okay and didn’t make her any less beautiful.
When questioned about having more babies, Williams says she can’t wait. She admits that she’d currently be pregnant if she wasn’t dedicated to playing tennis for at least another year or two.
She knows she’s already put her body through countless situations being an athlete at the top of her game, so additional pregnancies aren’t at all something she’s particularly concerned about.
She’s told husband Alexis Ohanian, that she hopes their next child is another girl and then she’d like the third to be a boy.