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Serena Williams for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: ‘It’s okay to be comfortable in your body. I’m not a size two but I’m strong!’

BODY CONFIDENT: Serena Williams

BODY CONFIDENT: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS is the epitome of body confidence and never misses an opportunity to encourage her female follows to embody the same.

On a recent shoot with Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, the 35-year-old used her platform to once again, spread the message of self-love.

In her video interview the Serena said: “I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body. I’m not a size two. It’s okay to look good and feel good and I’m strong. It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable — all those things.”

She then added: “I really want to have that influence for people out there that have my body type. I want them to be like, ‘I look good too.’ That’s what I hope for.”

As for getting comfortable with posting in a swimsuit, Williams said it took some getting used to.

“I’ve never worn a thong bikini, so for that to be my first shot was like a shot of espresso for me because I had to wake up immediately,” she said.

Serena won her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne in January – breaking the tie she held with Steffi Graf for most number of Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

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