Serena Williams is what the Commodores were singing about when they came out with “Brick House.”
She dedicated the victory to the memory of her sister Yetunde, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 2003. That tragic contrast between life and death reveals how far the Williams sisters have come. Serena spoke about her blessed life in a recent blog post on her official website.
“Serena Williams, the little eight year old with the huge gap in her teeth. Living in a two bedroom house with seven people, two parents, and five sisters. And with five sisters growing up together, we loved each other. Not even death could keep us apart…. and here we are now. We are people that kids look up to and admire. Kids say I want to hit my forehand like Serena and Venus. I’ve never felt more blessed and honored that I was chosen to do this.”
As one of the most internationally recognized black female athletes, Serena is now a role model. But as recent video evidence reveals, she still knows how to have a good time. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with a 26 year old woman shaking her butt to some Ludacris at the club, but that’s just me. There but for the grace of God and all that.
The Afrobella of the Week is normally a woman with natural hair. Well, Serena’s been rocking the braids since day one. (Remember those beads, y’all?) What actually inspired me to name Serena Afrobella of the Week, was this quote that I spotted over at Concrete Loop.
See, even though she’s got one of the 100 Most Wanted Sexy Bodies, Serena attracts a lot of haters who love to vent about her: “She’s too manly.” “Her ass is too big.” “Her stomach looks flabby.” “She needs to tone down on the bench pressing ’cause she’s looking a little too swole.” Serena addressed the criticism head on.
“I donâ€™t look like Mary Kate Olsen or Nicole Richie. Iâ€™m all black and Iâ€™m all woman baby. I have hips, curves, butt, and boobsâ€¦ I will never be a size two. I will always be bigger. And there are tons of other women and people out there that share my same body type. Iâ€™m a body-liscious babe. My waist is 29 inches; I canâ€™t have a smaller waist unless I decide to starve myself, and if my fans out there want me to win more slams Iâ€™m not going to be able to do thatâ€¦”
And on her MySpace blog she signs off “Big booty Serena.” Ha! I love that she embraces herself for exactly who she is; all black, and all woman. Being an afrobella is all about self-confidence, and obviously Serena has no shortage of that.
I love how she rejects society’s attempts to reshape her in a frailer image. In that sense, Serena’s a great role model for all women.
So many of us struggle with weight issues, it’s so easy to give up on our goals. To just throw up your hands and say “oh well, I’ll never lose this weight. Pass the macaroni and cheese.” The powerful build of women like Serena and Venus Williams, and Mojorie Newlin, the 86 year old Bajan grandmother who has been winning bodybuilding competitions, prove to us all that physical goals can be achieved with hard work and determination.
Congratulations, Serena! You’re Afrobella of the Week!