Serena Williams in Essence July 2013: My Figure is in Style

Posted Friday June 7, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

She's dubbed as the number one female pro tennis player in the world, but even Serena Williams can admit she has had body struggles in the past.

In the latest issue of Essence magazine, the 31-year-old star opened up about her new healthy lifestyle and how the media portrays her figure.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Williams' interview below. For more, be sure to visit Essence magazine!

On pushing through her past health struggles:
"I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better. Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong…"

On feeling more confident with her body:
"It can be a bit weird. Before it was, 'Serena has a big butt,' and that was all. Now there are way more people who feel comfortable with themselves and they're saying, 'I'm a woman, and this is what I look like.' I always say, 'We're popular now! We're finally in style."

On her body advice:
"It's important to look in the mirror and say, 'I love myself.'"

Photo Credit: Essence

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