Serena Williams has never been shy about owning the difference between her body and what society deems the norm. The 23-time Grand Slam champion on Monday proudly showed off her legs on Instagram, only the aren’t as toned as they’ve been before.
“I am wearing my @serena Tribeca button-down top with my perfectly imperfect legs. Yes even I have dimples on my legs #workinprogress 🤷🏾♀️#loveyourself Link in bio for top,” she wrote Aug. 6.
Fans had no issues with Williams showing her so-called imperfections to the world.
“Most real women do.”
“Probably the prettiest dimples EVER created!”
“Rock on, Serena! So badass!”
“Strong + Kind + Caring heart + Great Mummy + Beautiful + Best Tennis Player EVER = Serena Williams.. 👍✔🌟💯 The power your legs generate on the tennis court is Fantastic… You are our Queen of the Tennis courts, Serena 💪👏.”
“I don’t see anything but beautiful!”
Since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last year, Williams has been working diligently to get her body back into pre-baby form. But the journey hasn’t been easy and the Olympian has been candid about that.
“Everybody is different, every person is different, every physical body is different,” Williams said in July of her difficult decision to stop breastfeeding to lose weight. “For my body, it didn’t work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”
After she did stop breastfeeding, Williams said she swiftly dropped the extra weight, losing 10 pounds in one week.
And back in May, the tennis star explained why she sported a black catsuit at the French Open rather than a lighter-colored skirt ensemble. After giving birth, Williams struggled with pulmonary embolism, so the outfit helped her with blood circulation.
But the suit also represented the other physical battles women go through with their bodies.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams told the Associated Press. “I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”