Afrobella of the Week – Serena Williams

Serena Williams is what the Commodores were singing about when they came out with “Brick House.”

For real, Serena is built. She’s stacked. She’s incredibly diesel. She’s got a body made for winning championships, as she recently proved at the Australian Open.

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 don’t look like Mary Kate Olsen or Nicole Richie. I’m all black and I’m all woman baby. I have hips, curves, butt, and boobs… 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. I’m a body-liscious babe. My waist is 29 inches; I can’t have a smaller waist unless I decide to starve myself, and if my fans out there want me to win more slams I’m not going to be able to do that…

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.

That image of Serena in her catsuit helps to drive me forward on my most sluggish days. She’s fashionable, opinionated, and brave. She continues to make me proud.

Congratulations, Serena! You’re Afrobella of the Week!

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Comments

  1. Yes, what I love about Serena is that she is a thick girl who’s proud of her curves. But she also endorses staying fit, which is something a woman can do and still maintain her curves. It’s one thing to just eat whatever you want, not exercise and be curvy (a la Aretha Franklin) and another thing to eat healthfully, exercise and be curvy (a la Queen Latifa). It’s all about health and not necessarily size…unless you have way too much jiggle when you wiggle.

  2. I saw the story in CL earlier today & those pictures are hot. It saddens me to to see how some people straight up hate on her & her strong features. I saw some real ig-nint comments on CL. SW is bodylicious like nobody’s business!!!

    Bygbaby

  3. Thank you Serena for being a proud African American woman!!!!

  4. SERENA IS AN ICON AND I LOVE HER FOR ALWAYS BEING CONFIDENT IN HER OWN SKIN…SHE IS SUCH A INSPIRATION COZ SHE DOESNT CARE WHAT EVERYONE BE SAYING…SERENA IS BEAUTIFUL AND HER BODY SIZE SUITS HER…SO GOOD ON YA SERENA..U KEEP ON WINNING DEM SLAMS…COZ UR DA BEST EVERRRRRRRRR!
    GO SERENA

  5. Serena’s physique is one to be admired.

  6. Serena and Venus have been my girls since day one (even with the beads, when they were too damn old to still be wearing a head full of beads! LOL) I think the sexiest bodies are bodies that look like they were made to do more than just sip Starbucks and carry a cell phone. Bodies that are powerful, curvaceaous, and full of life are what we should aspire to, not these skeletons we see so much of. Even though she may occasionally have a fashion mis-step, Serena looks healthy and great! I wish I had a booty like that!

  7. Serena Williams is my shero. I love that body. Lets not forget it has helped her win win win. And she has the attitude and mindset to match. She is truly a strong woman we can all look up to. For me it is her sportiing, amazonian prowess which delights me. A body like hers cannot be overloked or messed with. She has the body of a warrior. And i for one will continue to watch and support her. She really is an inspiration.

  8. WOW what a talented Black lady!!!
    Yes, Serena is an inspiration to behold!
    Thank you Afrobella for making Serena Afrobella of the week.

  9. I VE BEEN TO THIS SITE (c+d) AND ITS EQUIVALENT TO BEING IN THE BACK OF THE CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH ALL THE PRANKSTERS AND FOOLS WHO WERE REPEATING THE GRADE UH, MAYBE 3 TIMES, JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BE COOL. THIS IS HOW MOST BLK BLOGS IVE COME ACROSS ARE…THE REALITY IS THAT THE MEDIA PAINTS THIS PICTURE OF AMERICAN BLACKS AS A HALLE, BEYONCE, MARY, ETC,( A VERY SMALL %) ALL THESE GIRLS HAVE KEEN FEATURES. NOW SERENA ON THE OTHER HAND REPRESENTS THE REST OF THE % OF BLACK WOMEN WHO LOOK THIS WAY. THE SHOCK COMES IN WHEN THESE “FANS” OR “VIEWERS” SEE A REAL REPRESENTAION OF WHAT THEY SEE IN THE MIRROR, THUS HATE IS SPEWED AT SERENA BECAUSE SHE DARES TO THINK THAT SHE IS BEAUTIFUL THE WAY SHE IS. ITS REALLY SAD, PATHETIC WAY OF LIFE THAT MANY BLACKS CANNOT ACCEPT SOMEONE SO FAMOUS AND IN THE PUBLIC EYE THAT LOOKS THE WAY THEY DO. SO IN ESSENCE I BELEIVE THESE TYPES OF BLACKS HATE THE WAY THEY THEMSELVES LOOK, SO THEREFORE THIS IS REALLY NOT A SERENA THING AT ALL. GO SERENA KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO GIRL, BECAUSE IT IS TRULY INSPIRATIONAL!!!!!

  10. It makes me proud whenever I see Serena or Venus in the media. They consistently rep black women in a positive way. And by the way, I would love to find out Serena’s fitness and diet habits…ain’t nothing wrong with being strong, fit and beautiful. Work it out, Serena!

  11. Why does she feel that she has to justify her voluptuous black woman’s body. Serena is a goddess, and I would–as my dear old grand daddy used to say–suck her thick ass like I was trying to get meat off a neckbone.

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