Serena Williams is arguably the greatest athlete of her generation. So when she revealed on her Instagram today that she is gracing the box of Wheaties—an honor that says that you are an athlete with enviable and covetable skills—there was a resounding ‘finally!’ amongst many Black women. She is only the second Black woman tennis player bestowed this honor; tennis great Althea Gibson being the first in 2001. And one of only a handful of Black women; in 1996 gymnast Dominique Dawes was featured on the box, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee made the box in 2004.
While Williams is humble and grateful for the honor, she’s more than deserving. Her strength and athleticism have been beaten down and criticized, and she has continued to persevere through it, becoming more and more successful in her sport. And for all of the critics who are confused, her looks, her hair, her skin color, her musculature, and her body are all reminders of what Black woman magic looks like truly realized.
For those who need a reminder, we’ve pulled the receipts. In the past year, the superwoman has been gracing us with her talents, and also her beauty, reminding us that she is exactly who should be on that aspirational cereal box. Better eat your Wheaties, ladies.
At the Premiere of Being Serena
With nude lips and curls at the premiere of her HBO documentary.
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At The Imagine Ball Honoring Serena Williams Benefitting Imagine LA
With red lips and a coy smile at a gala made in her honor.
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At The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion
The beauty wore a voluminous dress, nude lips, and tennis shoes to the 2019 Met Gala.
With Her Daughter On Social Media
Showing that she’s not only superwoman, but also supermom (with a supergirl).
At the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Sporting a slicked back ponytail at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
On the Court But Not Playing
Reminding all of us that curves have always been a good thing.
In Her Customized Beats On IG
Wearing a berry lip to complement her signature strong brow, and printed Beats by Dre headphones.
At the 91st Annual Academy Awards
With dramatic lashes and some serious bling at the 2019 Oscars.
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Spotted In New York City
Wearing honey-colored body waves and a natural beat, while giving us a little extra thigh. Oh my!
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Leaving Good Morning America
Sporting a top-knot and healthy flawless looking skin.
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Flying Private Like A Boss
Giving us legs for days, muscles we envy, and a killer smize. Wheels up!