It’s without a doubt that Serena Williams is by far one of the most popular female athletes in the world. She became a household name thanks to her grand slams on the tennis court, her fiery personality and of course, her amazing and one-of-a-kind physique. Simply put, there’s no comparing Serena Williams to anyone else in this world. And the best part about her is that even though she might not look like other tennis players on the court, she’s incredibly self-confident about who she and what she does. And perhaps that is one of the reasons why her fans love her so much.
Thankfully, Serena is also the kind of celebrity that loves to keep up with her fans and of course, give the public exactly what they want. In other words, she’s not what you would call a shy personality. And now that she’s married and a mother, we’ve been seeing more of Serena now than ever before. It doesn’t matter if she’s hanging out with her family and friends in Miami Beach or at home with her newborn daughter Alexis, Serena loves to share her behind-the-scenes moment with her fans. With that being said, we’ve got 15 photos of Serena Williams in which she gave us more than we could handle. Check them out below!
15 All Eyes On Her
There’s no denying that when Selena Williams walks into a room, all eyes are on her. She just the kind of person that you can’t help but turn your head so you can look at her – she commands that kind of attention. Plus, she’s got a body that is both strong and beautiful. She wins grand slams, she gives birth to babies, and she can wear the kind of string bikinis that other people wouldn’t dare wear in public.
If that weren’t enough, it’s Serena Williams’ self-confidence about who she is and how she looks that makes her the most attractive. She’s not the kind of person who will give anyone an apology, especially if she doesn’t have to. And that’s what we love the most about her. She does it all and kills it at whatever she puts her mind to.
14 There Is Even More Success To Come For Her
It’s safe to say that Serena Williams is focusing on the next chapter of her life. She’s already proven to the world that she’s one of the biggest and best athletes that the tennis world has ever seen. That’s why she’s moving on to more important matters, and that’s her new role as a wife to her husband Alexis Ohanian and a mother to the couple’s daughter, Alexis Olympia.
Still, Serena insists that she’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. In fact, she even promised her fans that they will be seeing her on the court in no time. It’s where she breathes, it’s where she belongs and ultimately, it’s where she wins. We have a feeling that when it comes to Serena Williams, the best is yet to come.
13 She’s Not Afraid to Take Risks
When it comes to the entertainment world, there are two kinds of celebrities out there: those who love to focus on their craft and then there are those who like to take risks. They know that part of their job is to give the public what they want, especially if they are often in the celebrity spotlight. And even though Serena’s job is to win grand slams on the court, she also knows that she has millions of fans who watch each and every move she makes. Yet, she’s not afraid to take risks, especially when it comes to her looks and her fashion choices.
More often than not you’ll see Serena wearing something so tight we almost can’t help but wonder how she manages to wear most of her ensembles! But let’s face it. Her body was made for the kind of clothes she wears. She owns every single outfit she’s ever worn in public and her fans can’t get enough of her.
12 No Time For Haters
Although she makes time for her fans and supporters, Serena Williams has said over and over again that she doesn’t have time for her haters, her critics and all of the nay-sayers out there who think that she’s playing wrong, wearing the wrong things or saying the wrong words. Simply put, Serena Williams has better things to do than sit around and listen to all of the other people in the world who think that they can do her job better. And so far it doesn’t look like anyone is willing to test their strengths by going up against her.
One of the great things about Serena Williams is that she lives a positive lifestyle. She doesn’t spread hate and she certainly doesn’t have time for any of it in her life. In fact, she once said, “I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don't smile, and they look so mad.”
11 She Doesn’t Court Controversy
If there’s one thing that Serena Williams has learned during her career as a professional athlete, it’s to avoid making negative headlines as much as possible. That’s why Serena tries to stay away from drama and from controversies as much as possible. It’s not worth her time and it’s certainly not worth her losing her focus from her game. She knows that at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is being kind to others, staying true to herself, and of course, cashing in on those grand slam paychecks.
Plus, for Serena, it’s all about her amazing self-confidence. She once said, “I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn't easy – it took me a while.” By being such a positive influence, she spreads joy and happiness everywhere she goes.
10 Controversy Follows Her Wherever She Goes
As much as Serena tries to remain professional everywhere she goes, she does deal with her fair share of problems. She might be one of the best tennis players in the world, but if you ask someone like John McEnroe what he thinks of Serena Williams, he’ll tell you that she is the 700th best in the world. That’s right. The one and the only John McEnroe managed to tick off a lot of people by suggesting that there were 699 men in the world that were better tennis players than Serena.
But Serena didn’t let John’s comments bother her, nor did she hold a grudge for it. In fact, Serena even said, “I'm not used to crying. It's a little difficult. All my life I've had to fight. It's just another fight I'm going to have to learn how to win, that's all. I'm just going to have to keep smiling.” She knows how to let the negative comments roll off her back.
9 She Has Her Priorities Straight
There’s no denying that Serena Williams is the kind of girl who knows what she wants out of life. She’s got her priorities straight. She knows that she’s not the tiniest girl in the line up, and she’s absolutely okay with that. As a matter of fact, Serena loves to hit the gym when she’s not hitting balls in the court. She’s also been trying to make her body look leaner and lose a few pounds in the process, too.
I’m sure you are probably thinking what the rest of us are thinking: Serena Williams wants to lose weight? That’s right. She once said, “I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I've been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won't be bulky. To this day, I don't love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I'm not complaining. They pay my bills.” Get it, girl. While she may look incredible already, she wants to work even harder on her fitness goals.
8 She’s Realistic
If there’s one thing that a lot of people can agree on when it comes to Serena Williams, it's that she’s realistic. Even though she doesn't give her critics the time of day, and she’s aware of their existence. What’s more, she knows what her strengths and her abilities are the same way she knows her flaws. And she likes to put both in perspective.
As a matter of fact, Serena once stunned a lot of people when she said, “I'm an athlete and I'm black, and a lot of black athletes go broke. I do not want to become a statistic, so maybe I overcompensate. But I'm paranoid. Oprah told me a long time ago, 'You sign every check. Never let anyone sign any checks.'” That is something we can definitely agree with Serena on! She clearly has a good head on her shoulders.
7 She’s Found Love
It took some time (and a few false starts) but it looks like Serena Williams has finally found the love of her life. She recently married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian after giving birth to the couple’s first daughter, Alexis Olympia. And quite honestly, we’ve never seen Serena look happier in her life. The couple tied the knot in New Orleans in a beautiful, star-studded ceremony that was attended by the couple’s closest family and friends.
While some people have commented about how Serena and Alexis come from two different worlds, it’s without a doubt that they are head-over-heels in love with each other and nothing is going to stop their love from blossoming even more. I mean, have you ever seen Serena smile this much before? We didn’t think so!
6 Yet, She’s Made Her Mistakes, Too
Serena Williams made headlines when she did something a lot of people were surprised to see, and that’s crip walk dance after she defeated Maria Sharapova in the Olympics singles and won gold. It was a dance move that was heavily criticized on both sides of the pond.
In fact, Fox Sports’ Redi Forgrave wrote at the time, “And there was Serena — the tennis legend, the winner of 14 individual Grand Slams, the best player of her generation, the American girl being crowned at the All-England Club as the queen of tennis — crip-walking all over the most lily-white place in the world She pumped her fist, jumped up and down, looked into the crowd, then did her ill-timed dance. You couldn’t help but shake your head. It was as if Serena just couldn’t seem to avoid dipping into waters of controversy even as she’d ascended to the top of her sport." She probably did not realize the controversy that would ensue because of that choice.
5 Her Other Dancing
By now you are probably thinking that Serena Williams is a perfect goddess that can do no wrong (well, that’s mostly true) but she has made her fair share of mistakes in the past. Or at least, people think that she makes mistakes. Serena managed to garner a lot of side eyes when she stripped down and danced with herself for an ad for Berlei. And let me tell you, it was a moment to behold.
Some people thought it was inappropriate, some people thought it was too cheeky while there were others that simply couldn’t get enough of it! And if you’ve seen the video, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. But still, we’ll give Serena a pass for this. We’ve seen much worse things out there, like for example, the videos of her twerking lessons online. Ha!
4 Her "Real" Woman Comments
Right before Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis, she told People Magazine that being pregnant and giving birth made her feel like a real woman. As you can imagine, her comments didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Instead of taking her comments for face value, they made it into a controversy that was quite silly, actually. Serena’s not the kind of person who would put down other women, for crying out loud.
“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth],” she said. “I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.” Some critics thought that Serena was dissing other women that didn’t have children or chose not to have children. Of course, her comments were taken out of context. We know exactly what you are talking about, Serena.
3 Beautiful Inside And Out
Regardless of her shape, her size or her weight, Serena knows that she’s a beautiful woman. Heck, the entire world knows that. And the best thing about her is that she likes to tell her fans to believe in themselves, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Knowing just how harsh her critics can be, Serena always tries to give her most positive messages to her fans.
As we all know, beauty is only skin deep. And for many, it’s what you have on the inside that counts, not the out. As a matter of fact, Serena has said, “You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We're always told what's beautiful and what's not, and that's not right.”
2 Her Lowest Moment
Serena’s frenemy Maria Sharapova (both on and off the court) once said that Serena will never forgive her for overhearing her cry during her loss at the 2004 Wimbledon tournament. For Serena, it was a low moment in her career that she didn’t need anyone to witness. After all, she is often considered to be the greatest player of all time.
And it seems as though Maria agrees, too. While Serena is yet to forgive Maria for witnessing a low and vulnerable moment of hers, Maria has nothing but positive words to say about her. She’s even said, “First of all, her physical presence is much stronger and bigger than you realize watching TV. She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong. It's the whole thing – her presence, her confidence, her personality.”
1 Her Famous Squad
Let’s just say that Taylor Swift and the rest of the Victoria’s Secret models have got nothing on Serena Williams and her squad! Serena Williams has the kind of girlfriends that other celebrities in the entertainment industry can only wish for. From Beyonce to Ciara and even Oprah, everyone wants to be Serena Williams’ best friend, and for good reason too. After all, she’s one of the kindest, sweetest people on the planet right now. And she just happens to be a stellar athlete, model, spokesperson, mother, wife, sister, friend, daughter and role model, too. I mean, you can’t blame a woman for being perfect, now can you? I didn’t think so.
Serena even admitted, “I'm a perfectionist. I'm pretty much insatiable. I feel there's so many things I can improve on.”