Serena Williams does it again!

If you never aspired to play tennis, you will be inspired to hit the gym after look at 5-foot-9-inch, 155-pound Williams as the official covergirl of Essence magazine’s July 2013 “Body Issue”.  She’s rocking a blue ombré swimsuit by Carmen Marc Valvo, that doesn’t make us shy away from the dreaded swimsuit.


In the issue, which she guest edited, the 31-year-old star dives into issues that range from self-esteem and aging to maintaining her health and embracing her famous curves.

“It can be a bit weird,” she admits. “Before it was, ‘Serena has a big butt,’ and that was all,” Serena told Essence. “Now there are way more people who feel comfortable with themselves and they’re saying, ‘I’m a woman, and this is what I look like.’ I always say, ‘We’re popular now! We’re finally in style!’ “

It’s so great to see Serena back on top, after her scare two years ago with a pulmonary embolism.

“I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better. Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong…”

The July issue of Essence hit newsstands today.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English