Tennis champion, Serena Williams, has for several years endured the taunts of being likened to a man because of her muscular frame, both on and off the tennis court.
In her first lengthy write-up since giving birth to Alexis Olympia, the tennis champion revealed that her daughter shares the same physical features that earned her the label of a ‘man’.
Williams, in the touching letter, thanked her mother Oracene Price for remaining “meek” and “strong” while “ignorant” people made jokes about her physical build.
She thanked her for being a role model and expressed doubts that she will be able to be as persevering and forgiving as her when such jokes are made about her daughter.
The letter read:
“You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter ) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.
“I’ve been called a man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).
“But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman. I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!
“You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you.
“Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as challenges–ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.
“Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.
“Your youngest of five,
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