The fourth best female tennis player in the world is expanding her expertise—to pedicures. Williams demonstrated her new skills on Oprah, marking a first for both the talk show host and elite athlete.
Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey are good friends. The American talk show host recently advised Serena Williams not to allow anyone or anything dim her light as she is amongst the world greatest stars and legend.
Williams recently expressed admiration for the 66 years television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist and revealed in an extensive profile with Allure magazine that Oprah Winfrey’s advice played a pivotal role in how she juggles her personal life and professional tennis career, particularly when it comes to her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
“Oprah said, ‘Never let anyone dim your light.’ That really stuck with me,” Williams told the magazine in January’s cover story. “Alexis doesn’t dim my light. He doesn’t try to dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about. It always was something that I could see in some relationships — my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”
Williams also opened up about her happiness in motherhood and the advice she wants to pass down to her 1-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia.
Serena Williams of the USA hits a forehand during a practice session ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10 in Melbourne, Australia.
“I want her to know that being strong is never easy,” Williams said. “Not in this world we are living in. … Standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected. Those are the people who’ve made a difference in this world, people that stand up for what’s right. If you look at history, those are the people that you really remember. And at the time, oh, my God, it seemed impossible.”
Reflecting on her earlier years, Williams said part of feeling comfortable as herself while in the public eye came as a result of self-love passed down by her parents.
“Venus (Williams) and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves,” she said. “We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be black in tennis. And that was different.”