Tennis champion Serena Williams has spoken out about the Black Lives Matter movement as she expressed her love for “representing the beautiful dark women out there.
As the 39-year-old told the British Vogue as she appeared on their November issue’s front cover, she likes who she is and the way she looks.
“I’ve never been a person that has been like, ‘I want to be a different color’ or ‘I want my skin tone to be lighter’,” Williams said.
“I like who I am, I like how I look, and I love representing the beautiful dark women out there. For me, it’s perfect. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
As the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles added, she feels thankful to her body for providing her with the career that she’s had.
“How amazing that my body has been able to give me the career that I’ve had, and I’m really thankful for it. I only wish I had been thankful sooner. It just all comes full circle when I look at my daughter,” she said.
As Williams explained, she had always felt that her sister’s body was more acceptable by society due to her slender figure when she was growing up.
“When I was growing up, what was celebrated was different. Venus looked more like what is really acceptable: she has incredibly long legs, she’s really, really thin,” the tennis champion said.
“I didn’t see people on TV that looked like me, who were thick. There wasn’t positive body image. It was a different age.”
In an interview with the magazine, Williams has also opened up about her position in the sports industry as she insisted she’s been “underpaid” and “undervalued” in comparison to male tennis players or white female tennis players.
The popular sportswoman has also voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter as she suggested that technology has become the voice of Black people and is the reason why “we see things that have been hidden for years.”
“We see things that have been hidden for years; the things that we as people have to go through. This has been happening for years. People just couldn’t pull out their phones and video it before,” Williams said as she touched the topic of the civil unrest sparked by George Floyd’s death.
“At the end of May, I had so many people who were white writing to me saying, ‘I’m sorry for everything you’ve had to go through’. I think for a minute they started – not to understand, because I don’t think you can understand – but they started to see.”
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