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Why sex siren Serena Williams deserves ‘Sports Illustrated’s’ high honor

Serena Williams covers Sports Illustrated

And the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year is none other than Serena Williams. The 21 Grand Slam title holder was photographed by YuTsai for the amazing December 2015 cover. But disgruntled sports fans on social media are upset that she beat American Pharaoh. Yes, the American Thoroughbred racehorse — a hoofed, odd-toed mammal to be exact and sans the brand name. They have the audacity to say American Pharaoh is not your average horse because he is horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Foolishness. Williams is not your average tennis player. She is above the rest, a world record breaker — a stallion born and bred to be a tennis phenomenon. She won 53 of 56 matches played this year, three of the four Grand Slam events, and held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings every week.

SI editor Christian Stone shares why she’s deserving of the honor.

“…we are honoring Serena Williams too for reasons that hang in the grayer, less comfortable ether, where issues such as race and femininity collide with the games.

“She was a difference-maker in other areas, speaking out against bodyshamers in both words and actions, posing for the Annie Leibovitz–shot Pirelli calendar in only a bikini bottom. The cover shot of this issue? Her inspiration, intended, like the Pirelli shots, to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power. Her curiosity was ravenous, as she enrolled in an online history of civil rights class at UMass, guest-edited the October issue of Wired and announced her return to Indian Wells in an essay in SI’s sister publication, Time.

“She is not perfect, and assorted confrontations with, and perceived slights of, tournament officials, opponents and the public at large will find their way into her narrative, this one included. But as a performer, as a doer, as a symbol, no one extended themselves and embraced the best (and worst) the sports world has to offer quite like Serena Williams, champion, 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.”


  1. Nigg.Newton on December 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    There is nothing attractive about Serena Williams to WHITE MEDIA.

    White MEN don’t like tall, thick, muscular, BLACK WOMEN.

    Sports Illustrated’s Target DEMOGRAPHIC is white men.

    • Malibu Jones on December 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I disagree. White men love what they don’t deserve and can’t have so they take (Holtzclaw) and demean (Mayer). Nigg.Newton, you’re a misogynist. #BuhBye

      • Nigg.Newton on December 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        You make ZERO SENSE. Just so you know.

  2. cupcake333 on December 16, 2015 at 8:08 am

    newton your the biggest troll on line, more then likely yiour white . so who will listen toyou ,seren willims is she is one lovely women, her genius is her skills on court , but she i so much more then a bikini queen she is megaa stardom at its finest who cares what white men want, who is trying to impress white men serena likes blackmen .. her sister likes white men .venus , neither of them are trying to win a beauty pageant, so stop getting it twisted the article i not about white men likes you idiot , its about making sure sports magazine can see the powerhouse she is today, andhonor her better than have other black tennis stars, she shows the side of black women some blacks are ahame of , why shouldnt she wear a bilkini many many many people around the continent love her to death . and dont care it she stand in time squar butt naked she still gonna reign queen of bodies . you obviously live near no blackmen if you dont know they worship her body . more than beyonce .. .who hasa body of a 44 yo white lady .. so be it to eachhis own and she is our own

  3. VLF on December 17, 2015 at 7:34 am

    White men absolutely love tall thick asses and well built sisters. They just don’t want to put them on magazine covers and pay them to look sexy. They’d rather gawk and lust in secret. Ask master? The same people who have meetings about “target demographics” are using archaic views as old as the magazine itself. DJ Khaled calls them “dinosaurs of the media industry”. Old fucks who carry on the same old racist ideas about what a certain demographic wants to see.

    • Tennistastic on December 20, 2015 at 3:29 am

      I have never cared what white men think of me. It bothers me when black men criticise black women and say they don’t want us because we are loud and unattractive, but at the same time big up white women as perfect. That hurts, but white men can say what they like, give me a brutha’s praise any day.