Serena Williams poses for New York Magazine

Was I the only one who had heart palpitations when Serena Williams posted these photos to Facebook?

Lordt! She has me thinking all kinds of unholy things about her beautiful shape. She is beautiful!

Serena did this shoot for New York Magazine. In it, Serena talks her childhood, and how her dad, Richard Williams, helped her secure her future:

Richard Williams was not a poor black man living in the hood. He was the comfortable — very comfortable, according to his autobiography — owner of a security company who lived in Long Beach with his wife and five daughters. He moved his family to Compton, where Venus and Serena served to the sound of gunfire and his stepdaughter was later shot to death, because he thought it would “make them tough, give them a fighter’s mentality.” 

How fashion was her first love:

Serena wanted not just to design clothes but to design wedding dresses. “That was my first real love,” she says, “but then I was like, Listen. I’m playing professional tennis. I’ll just do athleticwear.” In her sartorial interests, as in all things, she followed Venus, who encouraged her to take some college design classes. Together, they brought to the game black lace, flesh-colored underwear, and knee-high sneaker boots. Today, Venus has her own line, EleVen — “Ten is just another number, but EleVen is a lifestyle” — an affordable athleticwear line far tamer than much of what Serena and Venus wear on the court. “We brought fashion back to tennis,” Serena says. “It was great when Chris Evert was around. Tracy Austin had some great designs. But the ’90s was not a good time.”

They also talk a lot about her relationship with her sister, and how she goes against the grain. You can check out the rest of the article here.  It’s a really good read.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos I sure did, lol!

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