Serena Williams Harper's Bazaar Swimsuit Shoot: I Wanted to Be Like Venus Growing Up

Serena Williams in Harper's Bazaar: I Wanted Venus's Body

Serena Williams is definitely on cloud nine. The tennis star won her 13th grand slam title this weekend at Wimbledon, where she defeated Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2. She's also looking positively glamorous (and noticeably leaner — she dropped from a size 12 to a 10) in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar that both she and sister Venus shot a fashion spread for. Serena shares with Harper's Bazaar how she toned down her once bulky frame, and that she hasn't always loved her body. Today, she says, it's all OK: "Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good."

Here are the highlights:

  • On getting lean: "I 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 . . . a couple of hours of hitting, then an hour or two of cardio and strengthening in the gym . . . It's working. Pilates gave me results within a week.”
  • On her diet: "I don't even know the D word . . . Smaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies. [But] I can never turn down a good piece of cherry pie, but all I know is that in 10 years, I don't want to be as wide as this couch."

To see pictures of Serena and Venus from the Harper's Bazaar fashion shoot, and to find out why Serena doesn't like her arms, read more.

  • On not loving her arms: "When I was six or seven in a swimsuit — I look back at those picture, and my arms are cut and my legs are strong. I 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."
  • On once wishing she looked liked Venus: "I was 23 when I realized that I wasn't Venus. She's totally different. I'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. But it's fine. Now I'm obviously good, but it's a weird thing."

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