Serena Williams looks like she’s in the best shape of her life, and she’s showing off her curvaceous figure on the July cover of ESSENCE magazine.
“I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better,” she said. “Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong.”
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The 5-foot-9-inch, 155-pound beauty went on to say that her round backside and thick frame is “in style” now.
“Before it was, ‘Serena has a big butt,’ and that was all. Now there are way more people who feel comfortable with themselves and they’re saying, ‘I’m a woman, and this is what I look like.’ I always say, ‘We’re popular now! We’re finally in style!’” She admitted, “It can be a bit weird.”
To read the full interview, check out ESSENCE’s 2013 “Body Issue” on newsstands June 7th.
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