Fit Chick Watch: Serena and Venus Williams Show Up And Show Out

Fit Chick Watch: Serena and Venus Williams Show Up And Show Out

This came today… and I’m just like.. in awe.

In the NYTimes, this photo shoot…

…resulted in this cover…

…and was partnered with this epic article, excerpt here:

This was in Compton, the low-income, gang-afflicted hub city outside Los Angeles, an area made infamous by many a rap song. Although they enjoyed about as stable an upbringing as you could have in Compton back then, its problems were no mere abstraction: they supposedly knew to lie down on the court when gunshots rang out in the park. And there’s a story that Richard, when asked what he would do if his daughters ever won a Grand Slam, said he would go back and try to help the Crips who sometimes looked out for the girls during their practice sessions. “Venus Williams Is Straight Outta Compton!” read an early promotional poster their father made, to post on telephone poles. He billed the two as celebrities before they were even famous. That was how you did it. Not fake it till you make it. You decided what you were. First you had the belief, and then you had the training. “Belief and training,” Venus told me a couple of weeks ago when I met with her in Cincinnati, where she and Serena were playing in a tournament just days after returning from the Olympics. “That was unconquerable.”

Not to mention, Serena’s appearance on Letterman… um, I’ll let the photo speak for itself:

more of those are available at Necole’s site.

I just… I love them. Serena of course…but I love them. Love, love, love.

By | 2017-06-10T11:24:09+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Fit Chick Watch|11 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.

11 Comments

  1. Paulette August 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    Serena is my same sex crush and my role model! You go girl! And those shoes are fierce!

    • Sharita August 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM - Reply

      Lol, mine too!! I promise, whenever I feel like giving up and out at the gym, I think about her physique and keep it moving. She is a great example of being in shape and having curves. Love her!!

      • Paulette August 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM - Reply

        Sharita: We should start a club!

  2. Tonnette August 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    They are some Bad Chicks!!!!

  3. charise August 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    These black girls rock .. a real example of class

  4. Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    Someone needs to pass Serena my digits…Heyboo!!

  5. Erica August 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    I keep a fitness journal to monitor my fitness and keep me focused. I add inspirational quotes, workout routines from various magazines and fitness photos of women who inspire me. I definitely plan to add the the cover shots of the Williams sisters to my journal for inspiration. These girls are fierce.

  6. vintage3000 August 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM - Reply

    Thanks for the NYT link, I did not know Serena speaks fluent French! The way these sisters handle themselves and stay beautiful (Venus’ cheekbones-wow) is an inspiration.

  7. C Anthony thomas July 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    Gotta love Black women being appreciated for their bodies once again. History doesn’t repeat it’s self but there are always shocking similarities. Sarah Baartman comes to mind.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall July 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM - Reply

      Right, because critical thinking.

      They are athletes. Their bodies are instruments – tools of success, results of hard work. That is markedly different from turning them into some kind of circus exhibit.

  8. Denice Smith December 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    First you had the belief, and then you had the training. “Belief and training,” Venus told me a couple of weeks ago when I met with her in Cincinnati, where she and Serena were playing in a tournament just days after returning from the Olympics. “That was unconquerable.”

    Excerpted from Fit Chick Watch: Serena and Venus Williams Show Up And Show Out – A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

    That’s what’s gonna get me to the Marine Corps Marathon 2016…the belief that I can do it!

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