Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, has been lighting up the blogosphere the last 24 hours with her stunning shape and revealing outfits. At the 2011 ESPY’s, the 5-time Wimbledon winner wore a pink dress that accentuated her curves and subsequently sent every woman back to the gym to perform a few extra squats.
Yesterday, she was out-in-about in another outfit that showed off muscular and powerful legs. Her hot pants were short enough to send her fans into a frenzy much like how her chic tennis outfits do.
Serena exists in a pop-culture paradox. She is either too muscular to be feminine or too fat for tennis. On the other hand, Williams has the ideal curves for many women of color and keeps men at attention with her skin tight dresses and 4-inch heels.
It’s not a stretch to say, she knows what she’s doing.
Her toned body is often met with juvenile jubilation from male onlookers, who seem to undress her with their eyes. Her body is the centerpiece for men even though Williams feels “my smile remains my favorite part of my body…I think a smile can make your whole body.”
Conversely, ladies try figure out how Serena maintains such a flat stomach and toned arms without losing her firm buttocks and large breasts.
Genetics and a consistent workout plan is the secret to Serena’s shape.
People forget that Serena is not just a workout warrior but a world-class athlete, who receives payment for staying in tip-top shape.
Serena battles with tennis critics who claim she comes into tournaments out-of-shape. Serena now owns up to her occasional slacking, which she says may have contributed to her recent string of injuries.
“I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.”
Serena’s comment suggests that she starting to hear her pop-culture critics a little more than her sport’s critics–who, in their borderline sexist and racist comments in regards to Serena’s bigger than average yet, according to them, “flabby” butt, made her rededicate herself to a workout regimen that gave her unstoppable strength on the WTA circuit but also developed her into a very brawny woman.
In respect to her pop-culture critics, Serena finds it necessary to make sure she gives reporters small secrets to how she nurtures her more toned body: “Smaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies.”
All in all, Serena’s genetics play the biggest role in the shape of her body, and until she puts out a workout video, we will only be able to guess how she keeps her body fit and toned, specifically.
The most important benefit of staying in shape and healthy will always be the internal happiness and humble confidence it gives people.
“Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.”
Let’s hope she continues to be happy with herself because that’s the most infectious and beautiful part of Serena, which bleeds through pictures of the living tennis legend.