Tennis champ Serena Williams admits she used to compare her curvy physique with her sister Venus‘ leaner look, but she says “obviously it’s all good” and reveals her favorite body part.
“I was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different,” the Wimbledon champion tells Harper’s Bazaar. “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,” she says. “But it’s fine. Now I’m obviously good, but it’s a weird thing.”
So what’s Serena’s favorite attribute? “My smile. Does that count? I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile and they look so mad. But I like my smile, how it’s bright and it’s nice. Good thing my braces worked out.”
Serena reveals how she managed to slim down to achieve her athletic frame after winning the Australian Open in January, “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,” she says.
She does Pilates two or three times a week and when she’s training for a tournament, “a couple of hours of hitting, then an hour or two of cardio and strengthening in the gym.”
A workout might involve running the half mile up a hill to Venus’s house in LA instead of driving, but forget about dieting. “I don’t even know the D word,” she says.
“Smaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies.” Her weakness? “I can never turn down a good piece of cherry pie, but,” she continues, “all I know is that in 10 years, I don’t want to be as wide as this couch.”