However, this isn’t Serena Williams first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue appearance. The tennis icon has fronted countless SI covers including a prior spread in the 2003 Swimsuit issue. Though it’s been sometime since she unleashed the Serena Williams bikini body for the famous issue, she’s found other outlets. As of late Serena William’s body can found dancing alongside Beyonce in her video for Sorry as well as the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.
Serena also shares a positive message with women about body image. “I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body,” she states. Serena William’s body has long been subject to public scrutiny over being too muscular. “It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable. All of those things. I really want to have that influence for people out there that have my body type. I want them to be like, ‘I look good too.’ That’s what I’m hoping for.”
You can see more of Serena Williams Bikini Body in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2017 on newsstands now. Until then, you can scroll through the gallery below for a peak at the photos.