5 Times Serena Williams Showed She Doesn't Have Time For Your Ridiculous Criticism
There are zero limits to how much winning Serena Williams can do. During her impressive two-decade career, the 35-year-old tennis goddess has managed to rack up 22 Grand Slam titles and a total of 308 Grand Slam wins. And when she's not busy running the world of tennis, she can be seen channeling her inner Beyoncè in Delta commercials and teaching random strangers how to twerk on the street.
Although most can't get enough of the athlete's uncanny ability to amaze, she's not without her share of haters and trolls who judge and pick her apart simply because of her appearance. But Serena has proved time and time again that she DGAF about what haters have to say. Below are five of those times.
1. That time she posted a hilarious video in response to Instagram trolls making fun of her eyebrows.
Last summer after winning Wimbledon, Williams shared some sexy bikini pictures from a beach trip overseas. Rather than congratulating her for taking some well-deserved time off, several people commented on her eyebrows, criticizing them for their size.
Shortly after, the athlete laughed along and posted a video from a beauty appointment, showing off her freshly shaped brows.
"Lol finally getting them shaped! Hahahha #haters I love you!!! Hahah but I still like them all natural! But for now you win lol," Williams captioned the post.
A video posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Jul 14, 2015 at 3:52am PDT
2. When she clapped back at people judging her appearance in Beyoncè's Lemonade.
In an interview with the Guardian, Serena discussed some criticism she faced by starring in Beyoncè's Emmy-nominated short film.
While these negative comments weren't limited to questioning her participation in the film as an African-American woman, they also picked at her for looking "too masculine" while dancing in the video.
"Too muscly and too masculine, and then a week later too racy and too sexy. So for me it was just really a big joke," she said in the interview.
Her reaction speaks to her mental toughness that has clearly proven to be highly effective on the court. We could all learn a thing or two from that.
3. When she shut down a reporter for being sexist.
After this year's Wimbledon semis, a reporter asked Serena whether she should be considered one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Her perfect response: "I prefer the words 'one of the greatest athletes of all time."
Where most people see walls, Serena sees opportunities. Rather than letting things get in the way, she has simply focused on being the best that she can be, despite any societal, gender, and racial constraints.
4. They way she responded to criticism after losing her No.1 Ranking.
Last month, Serena lost her No. 1 ranking for the first time in three years-mostly because she played eight fewer tournaments than the new leader, Angelique Kerbe. Though several people said that Serena failed, for anybody else on the planet, what she did in 2016 would have been dazzling.
"I definitely think I could serve better," she said defending her loss. "But that's the beauty of the sport. Always opportunities to do better."
5. When she shut down haters for being overtly critical of her body since she was young girl.
In a cover story interview with The Fader Serena opened up about how she's learned to tune out the negative banter surrounding her body.
"People are entitled to have their opinions, but what matters most is how I feel about me," she said. "That's the message I try to tell other women and in particular young girls. You have to love you, and if you don't love you no one else will. And if you do love you, people will see that and they'll love you too." That's something we can all get behind.