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It’s important to look in the mirror and say I love myself.” – Serena Williams

Tennis phenom, Serena Williams covers the July 2013 ‘Body Issue’ of Essence Magazine.

The six-time No. 1 ranked singles tennis star looks amazing in a blue ombré Carmen Marc Valvo swimsuit and Ben-Amun hoop earrings.

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 says in the magazine. “Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong …

Williams also notes her body gets a lot of attention, including her backside…

It can be a bit weird,” she admits. “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!’

Check out the cover below:


The July issue hits stands this Friday!

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