Serena Williams proved once again that she is #BlackGirlMagic at the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sports Spokesperson Of The Year ceremony hosted at Pier 60 in NYC on Tuesday (Dec. 15).
The tennis phenom already won the internet earlier this week with her gorgeous cover shoot as the first solo woman on the cover of SI in more than 30 years. Last night, she stunned in a revealing sheer creation she collaborated on with fashion designer Aaron Gray and beachy tousled bob and moved us with her speech about overcoming adversity, staying determined and becoming her biggest cheerleader.
“I’ve had people look down on me, put me down, because I don’t look like them. I look stronger,” she said while accepting her award. “I’ve had people look past me because of the color of my skin. I’ve had people overlook me because I am a woman.
Still she said we should become our “biggest and best cheerleaders.” I simply love how she continues to unapologetically challenge mainstream’s view of both Back and athletic beauty. And it’s always been authentic, not a statement. My only point of contention was that she had to respond to trolls who felt the racehorse American Pharoah, yes, a HORSE, should have taken home the honor.
Her response: “I’ve lived through tragedies and controversies — and horses.”
I can’t fathom why the woman who has won just about every tennis championship title ever (including 21 Grand Slams) was even put in the same sentence for comparison or competition with a horse. Beyond shame. But that’s another post, for another day.
So, today, I thank you Serena for being another representative of #BlackGirlMagic and continuing to reaffirm and inspire brown girls everywhere to win and the make impossible possible.
Click through for more pics of the tennis great with her family and watch the full video of her acceptance speech.