serena williams wimbledon 2016

Photo of Serena winning 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2016

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and has won 23 singles Grand Slam tournament titles, four Olympic gold medals, and made over $92 million in career prize money (more than any other female athlete). It wasn't always easy as there weren’t a lot of black tennis players for her to look up to and she had to be that role herself. Her parents encouraged her to love herself, and the way she
looked, even under the sometimes cruel scrutiny of the public eye.

serena williams as a child

Williams learned tennis from her father on public courts and turned professional in 1995. You don’t have to be a big sports fan to know that Serena is one of the greatest athletes of all time and has long been a role model for women. 

She says "Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on."