Serena's Most Candid & Inspiring Quotes From Her 'FADER' Story
During her 20-year-long tennis career, Serena Williams has both solidified her spot as one of the greatest athletes of all time and gone on to do so much more. With a triumphant record of 307 U.S. Open wins and 22 Grand Slams, Williams is in a category unto itself; she’s accomplished far more than any other tennis player—and most athletes. And she’s also managed to win over our hearts with other endeavors too—from that iconic NY Mag spread and her empowering cameo in Lemonade, to just generally kick-ass moments like the time she fearlessly shut down sexist comments with the utmost grace.
And today, The FADER released the cover of their American Issue, which features Ms. Williams herself, front and center. In the accompanying interview, Williams spoke candidly about her career, her sexuality, and what it means to lead by example. To celebrate the athlete’s cover story—and to spread her fierce wisdom—we compiled our favorite quotes from the ever-invincible Serena Williams.
On Being a Black Athlete
“I am who I am and I don’t apologize for my sex, my color or for anything”
On Being a Role Model
“I think that my story is universal. I don’t think it’s limited to my country, I don’t think it’s limited to my color, I don’t think it’s limited to my sex.”
On Body Image
“That’s the message I try to tell other women and in particular young girls. You have to love you, and if you don’t love you no one else will. And if you do love you, people will see that and they’ll love you too.”
On Having a Voice
“It doesn’t matter your background or where you’re coming from. You can speak to your neighbor, you can speak to your friend about how you feel about something. You can post on social media. I think it’s really important, first of all, to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re living where I’m from, Compton, or if you’re living somewhere else — that’s what makes the world go round. Each person is just as important as the next. Each person has a voice.”
On Her Lemonade Cameo
“Yeah, you know, it was ‘she’s too strong,’ and then ‘she’s too sexy,’ and then ‘she’s too strong’ again. So I’m like, Well, can you choose one? But either way, I don’t care which one they choose. I’m me and I’ve never changed who I am.”
On Being a Symbol of Black Power
“Sometimes I’m in the moment and I don’t realize what’s going on…A lot of things that are done aren’t done on purpose. The greatest paintings weren’t meant to be the greatest paintings. They were meant to be a painting. Some of those moments are when you’re least expecting them. I think when someone or a group of people can take courage from something, you definitely have to embrace it and go with it and continue to do it.”
Images via The FADER.
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