Serena Williams: I Know I Get Flak for My Physique, but Curves Are In and I’m Happy

In a recent interview, she also shed light on the downsides of success: “It’s lonely at the top.”

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A large chunk of the interview that Serena Williams recently conducted with the United Kingdom’s The Times Magazine is inaccessible to nonsubscribers, but a few more excerpts from the chat got published online. And it’s worth screaming from the mountaintops about. 

There’s nothing better than hearing Williams say that she’s well-aware of the criticism she sometimes gets about her body but that she loves her curvy frame even still—especially since that’s what’s hot right now: “I know I get flak for my physique, and it has been a struggle to love my body, but now curves are in, and I’m happier in myself.”

That wasn’t always the case, Williams explained. Tennis was traditionally seen as a sport for lean women, not women with fuller chests and curves. Being in such an environment with a not-so-traditional physique affected Williams, both on and off the tennis court.

“When I was younger, it was hard seeing all these thin athletes, when I had more muscular curves and was big-busted,” Williams said. “Just try running with DDs that are bouncing 7 inches up and down! It’s distracting, not to mention dangerous, because you can tear ligaments.”

In one excerpt from the interview that The Times did make available, Williams describes fame and accomplishment and the contention that they can bring to your life.

“It’s lonely at the top. There are a lot of people who don’t like me. Everyone talks behind your back,” Williams stated.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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