When Serena Williams was crowned SI’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, she subsequently became the first woman in 32 years and the first black woman ever to win the award outright. And in her inspiring acceptance speech, she didn’t hesitate to address the body-shaming and criticism she’s faced throughout her career.
“I’ve had people look down on me, put me down because I didn’t look like them — I look stronger,” she explained. “I’ve had people look past me because [of] the color of my skin, I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman, I’ve had critics say I [would] never win another Grand Slam when I was only at number seven — and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I’m still going.”
Now, in a grand gesture for the ages, Serena has FINALLY made her way back to the pages of SI Swimsuit. The tennis superstar shuts down the critics once and for all, proving that strong is, and always has been, sexy.
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