Excerpts from Serena Williams Stellar Magazine Interview
I think [giving birth] will give me more strength, if that’s possible, and a lot more confidence. I feel like I will be ready for anything.”
Her influence reaches beyond sport: she has danced in a Beyoncé video, walked the red carpets at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and Met Gala, forged a business empire, and become a feminist icon.
“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth],” she says in her soft, breathy voice.
“I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”
“I really like how I grew up,” says Williams, a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
“I had a lot of humility. No matter what’s happened, I am the most level-headed person you will ever meet. I am no better than anyone else.”
“It’s something we are working on: ‘How do we keep our baby humble?’” Williams says.
“We haven’t come up with an answer yet, but having a strong spiritual background helps. I really think we have to keep referencing the importance of humility.”
“She does not do what she doesn’t want to do, and she’s not good at being fake,” says Smoller. “The bras are part of who she is. She doesn’t play without them.”