Serena Williams Thanks Her Mom For Enduring More Than She Hopes To Deal With As A New Parent

September 20, 2017  |  

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Serena Williams gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, on September 1. Almost three weeks into motherhood, Williams is learning a lot about her little girl, as well as parenthood in general and what it requires. These observations have given the 35-year-old tennis ace an appreciation of what her mother, Oracene Price, went through raising and trying to encourage Serena when she was being attacked for her body and strength over the years. In a note posted on her Reddit account, Serena praised her mom for enduring so many things that she can’t imagine trying to keep her composure through for baby Alexis:


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,

This isn’t the first time that Serena has lauded her mother for the messages she’s sent her and her sisters about loving themselves growing up. In an interview with The Guardian in 2016 she said that her mom pushed her to not care what other people thought about the way she looks.

“She taught us how to love ourselves and I think that’s a wonderful message that I spread now to so many females,” she said. “You are who you are. And you can’t change it. And you’re beautiful.”

That is now a message Serena will share with her own daughter.

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