With 21 Grand Slam singles titles, four Olympic gold medals, and recently earning her 6th Wimbledon title – it’s safe to say that Williams is at the top of her game.
When the tennis player won her 6th Wimbledon title a few weeks ago, she received a lot of body shaming on social media – many people saying that she is bulit ‘like a man'[especially compared to other tennis players], and many comparing to her to the somewhat masculine physique of Caitlyn Jenner.
In this new photo editorial with NY Magazine, Williams shows that her body is not only highly desirable, but is undeniably amazing and in shape! It’s the epitome of strength and feminity – and the confidence and conviction with which she delivers her poses only makes the viewing better.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 10, 2015
Williams, who Sports Illustrated once described as having “one of the most sustained careers of excellence in the history of athletics”, touched a bit on some of the gender inequalities she’s experienced on the court – in her NY Magazine interview – referring to the time she was fined R1.05m in 2009 for saying ‘I’ll f**king take this ball and shove it down your fucking throat’ to an umpire.
“I just think it was weird… I just really thought that was strange. You have people who made a career out of yelling at line judges. And a woman does it, and it’s like a big problem. But you know, hey,” she said.
With all the titles behind her in her 16-year journey, Williams also touches on how she wants to leave a legacy, something that will be more than just a nostalgic memory. That’s why she started her fashion line.
“I have lots of trophies, and I’m just — I’m not that person that needs to see all these trophies… I have some in my house here, some in my house there, some I don’t know what happened to ’em. I have my grand-slam trophies … somewhere,” she says.
Williams might not be one for sentimental longing of the past, but this shoot is definitely one for the books that we will, for a long time to come, remember.
Serena Williams for NY Magazine:
Sources: New York Magazine, ESPN
Images sourced from Facebook and New York Magazine