Madison Vanderberg
Updated Sep 21, 2017 @ 5:52 pm
Serena Williams of the US celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei on day three of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE / AFP / PETER PARKS
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Body-shaming is never okay, and we’re here to support the women and men who find themselves the victim of these verbal crimes. Women are body-shamed for breastfeeding. Others are body-shamed for wearing plus-sized clothes. Serena Williams says she was shamed for having a body that was athletic and strong.

Williams recently penned a note to her Reddit profile detailing the terrible body-shaming she faced with her entire life.

Now a mother to an infant girl, Williams wrote an open letter to her own mom, thanking her for giving her the courage to stand tall in the face of criticism.

When we look at Williams, we see a strong, confident woman who deserves to be at the top of her game. It’s heartbreaking to learn that the things that make a woman unique, are the same things that are used against her. We see Williams’ strength as her #1 asset, it’s frustrating that someone would shame her with it.

“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like,” Williams continued. “We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!”

Damn right!