Queen Serena Williams is no stranger to slaying. On the tennis court, she’s won more grand slam titles than any other woman in the game today, and off the court, she’s a businesswoman, fashion designer, and absolute boss. Now, she’s one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Women Who Dare.”
A self-proclaimed daredevil, Williams told Harper’s Bazaar she believes in taking risks…calculated risks.
“Daring to me is taking a chance but not doing it blindly,” she explained. “A very calculated chance. Think of amazing women like Sheryl Sandberg and Oprah Winfrey—they’re daring, but they’re not jumping off a building without a parachute, you know? You have to be smart about it. You can’t be afraid to be a pioneer and take a chance and speak up and just be bold.”
Williams’ boldness has paid off. She’s one of the greatest athletes of our generation, but that didn’t happen by accident. She’s been training for this moment since she was three. Still, Williams is just now coming into her own and feeling more confident, though she’s quick to give other female athletes props.
“Venus is daring. And Ronda Rousey, the UFC fighter. The way she speaks up for herself is bold and inspiring,” Williams told Harper’s Bazaar. “I feel stronger now.”
She continued: “Some people are born to do certain things, and I think I was born to do tennis. I definitely didn’t miss my calling! I think all that training just comes together.”
Watch Queen Serena Williams slay the Harper’s Bazaar shoot and read the entire profile on the mag’s website.