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Serena Williams, 35, is gorgeous in this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

“I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body. I’m not a size two. 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.”

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She adds, “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 hope for.”

The 2017 issue is covered once again by Kate Upton, 24, and also includes 4x gold medalist Simone Biles. Upton landed the cover back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013 and when she was 22, she she was also named as a member of 22-person SI Swimsuit legends class, which included icons like Heidi Klum, Christie Brinkley,Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Is Williams comfortable posing in a swimsuit? “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,” says the tennis star who is wearing a turquoise one-piece by Private Party.

Yvette Caslin

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