In a stunning cover photograph of Serena Williams posing in a way that can be only described as “strong yet relaxed,” the tennis great was named Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. All we can say is, you go, girl!
For those who are less familiar with the honor, this is big news. Not only is this the first time an African American woman has earned the title, it is only the third time a woman has individually earned the title. But for Williams, this title is just one of many. A big year for the super athlete, 2015 has seen Williams win 53 out of 56 matches and be ranked number one consistently. Sports critics are claiming Williams is in her prime, a rarity for a sportsperson in her mid-30s.
Outside of her sports career, Williams has earned a high-ranking celebrity status in regards to her rumored relationship with Drake and her superhero act of stopping someone from stealing her phone. Plus, her sculpted bod and beautiful natural curls have helped broaden the definition of what is beautiful in American pop culture.
Williams, and other female athletes like her, are redefining not only what it means to be a female in sports, but also what it means to be a physically strong woman in society. As these amazing athletes continue to dominate the sports world, we’ll just keep cheering them on.
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