Serena and Venus Williams on Their Tight Bond: ‘It’s Important for People to See African American Families in That Dynamic’

by Yah Yah
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Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams have graced the cover of Harpers Bazaar for an interview.

Together, they dominated the tennis world for more than two decades… and even when they aren’t on the court, they are still dominating the headlines.

Last year, their rise to fame is documented in “King Richard,” a movie that documents their journeys in the tennis world told entirely from the perspective of the Williams sister’s father, Richard Williams. Will Smith stars in the titular role.

While the movie spotlighted their tight sisterly bond, fans of the powerhouses are well aware of their close relationship.

“I think that our family is just unique to ourselves,” Venus tells Harpers Bazaar’s Tressie McMillan Cottom. “Obviously we’re an African American family, and it’s important for people to see African American families in that dynamic … to have role modeling.”

Serena says that “King Richard” could just be the beginning of a series of Williams’ inspired features.

“I am a dreamer, and I love Marvel,” she says. “I think King Richard is like Iron Man and that there still are other stories around it. The next, obviously, would be the Venus story, and then there’s always the story about our other three sisters, and then there’s like a mom, and then there’s the Serena story. When I look at it, I see it just encompassing this whole superhero kind of thing.”

After decades in the tennis spotlight, the ladies are still thinking of new ways to make their mark on the world.

“Serena and I say we’re going to become body builders after tennis. It might be extreme. It might not happen exactly like that, but you never know,” Venus says, adding, “From such a young age, all we’ve done is work. So I think for Serena and I to explore that freedom is surreal. We’ve never been free.”

Click here to read the full interview.

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