Serena Williams holds an amazing 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a slew of doubles trophies, and four Olympic gold medals. She’s the acting CEO and founder of her company, which is named after her.
However, despite her achievements, Serena has had her fair share of racist and sexist attacks, including the ones that are directly targeted at her looks, but she has always bounced back from every obstacles and challenges.
The cover star of Allure, Serena said she’s indebted to her parents who taught her to love herself and be confident in a world that could be so hostile to young black girls.
“I think my mom instilled in us to be confident women, to really believe in ourselves, be proud of our heritage, our hair, and our bodies. That was something that was really important for her to teach us. I’m definitely teaching it to my daughter.”
And now that she has her own daughter, Serena shares what she will be teaching her daughter about beauty and being strong.
On beauty, she said,
“When I tell her she’s beautiful, I want to teach her that she’s beautiful from the inside. Giving is beauty. Being kind and humble is the ultimate beauty.”
On being strong, she said,
“I want her to know that being strong is never easy. Not in this world we are living in…. Standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected. Those are the people who’ve made a difference in this world, people that stand up for what’s right. If you look at history, those are the people that you really remember. And at the time, oh, my God, it seemed impossible.”
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