Wimbledon Winner Serena Williams is in Harper’s Bazaar this month and she shares a lot of thoughts on body image, not dieting and workouts. Let’s take a look!
After she won the Australian Open in January she worked out a lot: â€œI wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.â€ Her regimen: Pilates two or three times a week and when she’s training for a tournament, â€œa couple of hours of hitting, then an hour or two of cardio and strengthening in the gym.â€ Also, when she’s at home in L.A., she runs the half mile up a hill to Venus’s house instead of driving.
But no dieting. â€œI don’t even know the D word,â€ she says with a laugh. There is a training eating plan, though: â€œSmaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies.â€ Her weakness? â€œ I can never turn down a good piece of cherry pie, but,â€ she continues, â€œall I know is that in 10 years, I don’t want to be as wide as this couch.â€
It’s working: Williams, who adds that â€œPilates gave me results within a week,â€ looks the best she’s ever looked and is now a size 10 instead of a 12.
Read more after the jump! And see Serena in a bikini HERE!
â€œOwningâ€ her athleticism: â€œWhen I was six or seven in a swimsuit-I look back at those picture, and my arms are cut and my legs are strong,â€ she says. â€œI didn’t realize that I was really fit and most people aren’t. To this day, I don’t love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills.â€
Serena’s body comparison to Venus: â€œI was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different,â€ she explains. â€œI’m super curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. She’s tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything. I was growing up, wanting to be her, wanting to look like her, and I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t.â€ She pauses. â€œBut it’s fine. Now I’m obviously good, but it’s a weird thing.â€
On her favorite body parts: â€œSince I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good,â€ she says. She’s loving her new bob too. â€œI feel so much sexier with short hair. I wanted to reach inside me and feel better. I don’t want to hide behind a facade of hair.â€ Her favorite part of her body? â€œMy smile. Does that count? I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile and they look so mad. But I like my smile, how it’s bright and it’s nice. Good thing my braces worked out.â€