Tennis superstar Serena Williams is more than just a tennis superstar. That’d be hard for another woman of her lordly athletic accomplishments to claim — that is, anybody else as dominant in their sport as Serena is would have a difficult time breaking type.
But not Serena — she is a modern superstar with multiple interests, who is interesting in multiple ways. In other words, Serena Williams is a complex human being who contains multitudes, as Walt Whitman would say.
For example you might think Serena Williams would have as her Instagram icon photo a picture of her with a big trophy, or serving an ace, or ripping a backhand down the line. But no, Serena is currently featuring a photo of her in a yellow bikini as her icon pic. Don’t limit me, it seems to say. And these days nobody dares try.
Here’s the photo she uses to this day, which she captioned delightfully: “Just because”.
Serena Williams would like to be portrayed in the round, thank you, portrayed fully. She’s many-faceted — in a way she’s just like other young talented women and mothers who haven’t also happened to own an entire sport for two decades. But of course she’s also nothing like them — because she is Serena Williams!
Here are 17 stunning photos of Queen Serena that have nothing to do with tennis. They feature Serena as a woman entire, and have been selected by her for her rich Instagram self-portrait.
Now finally, a little time to herself… Respect, Serena. You are amazing.