Serena Williams is profiled in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the magazine, the recent Wimbledon winner shares her concerns about her bodacious bod, her little anger episode at the U.S. Open last year and her breakup with Common. Pop the hood for details
“I was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different,” Serena tells Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m super-curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. She’s tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything. I was growing up, wanting to be her, wanting to look like her, and I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t.” She pauses. “But it’s fine. Now I’m obviously good, but it’s a weird thing.”
Surprisingly enough it’s not the massive butt that Serena hates most. She reveals that she’s actually self-conscious about her real moneymakers, her arms:
“To this day, I don’t love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills.”
Serena reveals she’s recently slimmed down from a size 12 to a size 10 thanks to Pilates and yoga, but says she doesn’t diet.
“I don’t even know the D word.”
Serena isn’t all complaints though. She admits that she likes her hair and her smile:
“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,” she says. She’s loving her new bob too. “I feel so much sexier with short hair. I wanted to reach inside me and feel better. I don’t want to hide behind a facade of hair.” Her favorite part of her body? “My smile. Does that count? I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile and they look so mad. But I like my smile, how it’s bright and it’s nice. Good thing my braces worked out.”
Serena adds that while she’s usually smiling, there is one thing guaranteed to make her angry… Foot faults.
“Ugh,” she moans of the incident last year in which she blew up at a U.S. Open lineswoman who called a foot fault, causing her to lose the semifinal on a penalty. “Not much makes me angry. I’m always smiling,” she says. “But foot faults piss me off because I never foot fault. I’ve never foot faulted before and never have after. Never.”
The other challenge Serena says she has faced is scheduling conflicts, which she blames on her April breakup with Common.
“His schedule is actually worse than mine,” she sighs. “He didn’t want the responsibility. It’s really tough.” When Common began promoting his latest film, he heaped so much praise on Williams that people assumed they were still on. “So I called him and I was like, Why are you saying all this stuff when we’re not together?”
Hmmm… Sounds like he was just trying to be nice.
Serena is definitely on the buff side, but we wouldn’t mind having her body if it meant being the #1 ranked (SUPER PAID) tennis player in the world.