Serena Williams Says “My thighs… I think they’re too big.”…We Say, “NOT!”
I rode the city bus the other day and my favorite bus driver was driving. She reminds me of Donna Summer during the disco era. I came out and told her how beautiful she was. She replied, “When I see you , I am the one thinking, “you’re so pretty!”
Me? She thinks I am pretty?
We had a playful little disagreement about who was the “pretty” one, ping-ponging back and forth “You’re the pretty one….”
“No, you’re the pretty one…”
Then, we came to a stalemate.
“We’re both pretty”, she stated. “Isn’t it funny how we’re never satisfied with what God gave us?”
On the heels of Serena Williams’ upcoming memoir, the tennis Diva has a chat with People Magazine.
On the Line is about Serena and her life – the fashion, the body image, her love life and how much she loves her sisters.
The heart of the book is about the loss of your sister, Yetunde.
It was a real dark period in my life. I went through depression. I never even talked about it to my mom. No one knew I was in therapy, but I was. I was so close to her.
After Yetunde’s death, Williams gained about 20 lbs. Although she says she has always been ‘thick,’ Williams was the heaviest she’d ever been.
There were a lot of comments about your size. Was that strange?
Yes. For some reason, everyone is obsessed with weight. Are you bigger? Are you smaller? And everyone cares about that! It’s insane. Some days, I’ll be bigger. Other days, I’ll be smaller. It’s not a big deal.
You mention that in your memoir. But just a few sentences later, you say that you’re insecure about your body.
I think every female does that. We think we look good one day, and then the next day – or the next minute – we’re insecure about something. Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and am like, ‘I want to lose my inner thigh. I’ve got to do an hour of cardio today,’ or whatever. I try not to do it, but the insecurity comes back sometimes. I do want to look good still; I do want to be healthy.
So what are your troublesome body parts?
My thighs. I think they’re too big. But also my arms. I think they’re too muscular. They’re too thick.
Your arms? I thought you’d consider those your best part.
I’m sensitive about them. I know that toned arms are in now. Look at Michelle Obama. She has great arms, and I think it’s wonderful that she shows them off like that! I love her for that. I’m like, ‘keep wearing strapless dresses!’ But I don’t like mine.