Serena Williams Pens Powerful Open Letter / Salutes Muscular Women

Published: Tuesday 19th Sep 2017 by Sam

Serena Williams is a force with her tennis racket and she’s proving equally as potent with her pen.

The sports icon gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia, on September 1st and is celebrating motherhood by writing an open letter to her own mom Oracene Price.

Published on Reddit, the platform co-founded by fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the powerful piece sees the star thank the Williams matriarch while slamming those who’ve called her own body “manly.” She goes on to salute the women who – like her – have strong, muscular frames.

Must see reading awaits below…

Dear Mom,

You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter ?) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.

I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).

But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.

I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you.
Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges–ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.

Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.

Your youngest of five,


As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love us some Serena. This was awesome and will definitely be helpful for those who society tries to make feel less than for not fitting a specific mould.

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  1. Fancy BISH September 19, 2017

    Serena is Queen and Alexis is coming to snatch trophies ? Adorable!

  2. JOHNVIDAL September 19, 2017

    She is amazing. I have a new found respect for Serena and also Venus. I hope she raises her children vegan too.

  3. Venitta September 19, 2017

    Amen Serena there is nothing wrong or manly about you or your sister when I see you both I see great shape form mind and body. I thank God that you were put here for some of the weak or not so firm women, keep growing ,winning ,loving and,caring and teach your baby,your daughter the strength.

  4. Facts September 19, 2017

    Beautifully said Serena! Such an inspiration ?

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