Serena Williams Shuts Down Body-Shaming Haters in Hot White Gown—See …

13 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Even the New York Times is body-shaming Serena Williams now: It’s time to break this absurd and insulting habit once and for all.

After claiming victory at Wimbledon for the—yup, count it!—sixth time on Saturday, tennis goddess served up another win the annual Champions’ Ball at Guidhall in London. Radiating in a cream gown with embellished bodice and silk skirt, the 33-year-old was a beacon of beauty and without a word silenced the—to borrow a term from J.K. Rowling’s legend status cranked up a notch over the weekend, as she schooled a Twitter “idiot”, who dared to body-shame Wimbledon queen Serena Williams.

Rowling has slashed the “pathetic” cyber troll over Serena Williams’ masculine physique and praised the Wimbledon women’s singles title winner by sharing a smoking hot picture of the player. The Harry Potter author was live tweeting her tennis viewing, when user @diegtristan8 commented on Serena’s shape, writing, “ironic then that main reason for her success is that she is built like a man.” Rowling fought Serena’s corner with two photos of the tennis ace looking fierce, and the remark, “Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. While the tennis phenom didn’t directly address the negative comments she did caption a glam red carpet shot of herself “swerve.” As in, haters can’t even touch her. And the woman accurately described as looking like a pretty “Disney princess” after winning her sixth Wimbledon championship has had more than enough concern trolling over her body by now. Further proving she couldn’t be bothered or brought down by such nonsense, the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world spent the evening grooving with fellow Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic to the tune “Night Fever.” Her moves earned her more praise from Novak who told ESPN: “Serena is a great dancer.”

As the Guardian aptly put it “We’re lucky to be living in her time.” And yet along with the narrative of her awe-inspiring achievements, Williams has, since she exploded on the scene in the late nineties, been the subject of relentless scrutiny for her powerful-looking body. After she went through injury and a spectacular tumble in the ranks roughly a decade ago, she recalled, “Everyone called me fat, saying I was really unfit.

Every paper, the headline was ‘fat, fat, fat.’” In 2007, the Telegraph breathlessly noted her “weight loss” and “the new, slim-line Williams,” but then, a notoriously jaw dropping 2009 feature by Jason Whitlock took her to task for “arguably pushing 175 pounds” and lamented, “She’d rather eat, half-ass her way through non-major tournaments and complain she’s not getting the respect her 11-major-championships résumé demands.” And last year, Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev was rightly fined for snarking on the bodies of “the Williams brothers” and declaring, “It’s frightening when you look at them.” And then came this weekend. Even as she was solidifying her role as a living legend, defeating opponents who, as the Atlantic points out, were kindergarten-aged when Williams was on her first Grand Slam, the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg was busy commenting that “Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against Garbiñe Muguruza… has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. And if you’ve ever dared to go deeper into some online sports conversations or God forbid the replies on Twitter, you’ll see a consistent level of far worse observations, a deluge of flat out mockery for Williams’ body. Fortunately, as online critics have also been quick to point out, the continued shock and awe that Williams’ body does not conform to some tiny little white girl paradigm is outrageously narrow minded and insulting.

And you can judge a woman like Serena by the size of her arms, but you’ll be missing out, because I promise you that history will remember her by the length of the list of her victories.

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