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Badass Bios: Serena Williams

Badass Bios: Serena Williams

A celebration of the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

With the Olympics right around the corner, it seemed fitting to feature an athlete in our inaugural badass bio. Anyone who has not been living under a rock for the past decade is aware that Serena Williams has been the most dominant tennis player in recent history. She recently lit up the Twittersphere when she was asked how she felt about being referred to as "one of the greatest female athletes of all time." Her response was perfection, as she pointed out that she prefers "one of the greatest athletes of all time." Word, Serena.

I prefer...’one of the greatest athletes of all time.’
— Serena Williams

Serena is idolized not just for her athleticism - which is truly, jaw-droppingly impressive - but also for her inspiring confidence and endurance. She has become a body-positive icon in a world where Black female bodies, particularly muscular Black female bodies, are not often celebrated. She flaunts a personal style that draws attention and often criticism, yet she continues on boldly expressing who she is, seemingly without giving a good goddamn about her critics. Which is probably why, in addition to talent, she has been able to be so successful athletically.

If you want to be the best at something, you better be willing to put up with some bullsh*t. You can't stop every time something upsets you. You have to silence the doubt and put your persistence ahead of everything. To me this is what Serena Williams embodies. So let us take a moment to celebrate her past successes, wish her much luck in Rio, and all agree that she is indeed one of the greatest athletes of all time.

 

Above photo by Jimmy Baikovicius via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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