PICS: Serena Williams' steamy Sports Illustrated shoot


Serena Williams has swapped her tennis whites for swimwear to pose for Sports Illustrated magazine’s famous swimsuit issue.

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Miss Williams, 35, said it was important for women to feel good about themselves.

She said: ‘I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body. I’m not a size tw‘It’s okay to look good and feel good and I’m strong. It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable — all those things.’

She showed off her toned physique in a variety of swimsuits and jewellery, and at one point went topless. The athlete, who won her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne last month, added that posing in swimwear took some getting used to.

‘I’ve never worn a thong bikini, so for that to be my first shot was like a shot of espresso for me because I had to wake up immediately,’ she said.

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