Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the game. She won the French Open earlier this month, which brings her to 20 Grand Slam titles — a truly incredible accomplishment. The only number she is chasing now is 22 Grand Slams, a record held by retired great, Steffi Graf in the Open era.
But having superhero-like athleticism from a young age didn’t shield her from experiencing her fair share of body issues. She grew up comparing her body to her older sister Venus.
“It wasn’t very easy — growing up,” Williams told The Huffington Post in an interview. “Venus was like a model. I was thicker.”
The sisters are just over a year apart and Serena said she always felt different on the court because of her body.
“Most women athletes are pretty thin. I didn’t really know how to deal with it. I had to come to terms — as every teen and young adult does — with loving myself. I had to find different role models. But my body type is in style now, so I’m loving it!”