Images: SELF Magazine

Serena Williams is not here for your negativity.

The tennis pro covers the September issue of Self Magazine where she opens up about dealing with negative criticism of her looks, being a mentor for young African Americans, and those #GOALS.


On the body shamers and haters:

I love my body, and I would never change anything about it. I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself.

On being a role model for young African Americans:

I can’t say I am the pioneer because it was Althea Gibson, it was Zina Garrison, it was Arthur Ashe, it was so many people before me. [But] I appreciate being in a position where I was chosen to be a role model. Obviously, being black in tennis wasn’t easy, even in the ‘90s.

On her competitive drive:

This is my blood. I live for this and have for the last 32 years. When I step out on the court, you’re going to get all of me. It’s always been, like, bring it on — and more.

Did we mention she's looking AMAZING!?! Go ahead, Serena!

Make sure to check out Serena's full interview with Self, when the September issue hits newsstands August 9th!

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