'Not easy': Serena Williams shared a candid photo revealing what it's like being a mom and a professional athlete
Tennis great Serena Williams shared an emotional Instagram post on Friday revealing what it's like to be a working mother and a professional athlete. She captioned the photo, which showed her holding 2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., in her arms, by saying she is "proud and inspired" by other working mothers. "I'm proud to be this baby's mama," Williams wrote, adding that the photo she shared was unfiltered and "#justme." Williams, who has won 23 major singles titles, has been a longtime champion for gender equality in sports.
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Tennis icon Serena Williams shared an emotional, unfiltered Instagram post revealing what it's like to balance motherhood and a career as a professional athlete. In a photo shared on Friday, Williams was pictured sitting in a car with her 2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., sleeping in her arms. "I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy. I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I'm proud to be this baby's mama," Williams wrote, adding that the photo was unfiltered and "#justme." Williams, who has won 23 major singles titles, has been a champion for women for years and often discusses the realities of being a working mother. She regularly documents her life off the court with her daughter and husband, Alexis Ohanian.
I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy. I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama @olympiaohanian. #nofilter #nomakeup #nohairbursh lol #justme A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Feb 21, 2020 at 5:59am PST on Feb 21, 2020 at 5:59am PST
Williams recently announced she was joining the Mom Project, a platform that helps connect mothers with job opportunities. "It doesn't matter whether you're a team of one or 100,000; if you're hiring, are you considering hiring moms?" Williams said in a press release in which she addressed business leaders directly. "Together, we can influence how work gets done and build a better workplace for the future." Williams told Insider earlier in February that her daughter and the US Women's National Soccer Team inspired her to push for gender equality, and even teamed up with Secret deodorant to commission a study into gender bias at all levels of sports. "They have really been champions and have been using their voices in the biggest of ways. They inspire me," Williams said of the USWNT. "Those women are — oh my gosh — I admire them so much, and I look up to them so much. They encourage me to want to continue to fight, and that's what it's all about."
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"To show your gains you don't have to show your behind like that," wrote one person in a comment saved by Cooper. "You are a mother, think about what your children see ... Unfollowed." Cooper, who is a mother of two, has spoken out against body-shaming and mom-shaming comments in the past. She listed all the ways she has been accused of being a "bad mom" in a viral post she wrote a couple of years ago, from having tattoos, to working out too much, to eating canned food. In her latest Instagram post, she wrote a long caption that defended the initial bikini photo and said mothers shouldn't be shamed for showing their figures. "Since when were moms supposed to hide their bodies?" she wrote. "Since when were mothers no longer allowed to feel sexy? How do you think babies even got here in the first place?" The other day, I had posted a photo of myself in this very same bikini and was told to cover up... because I am a mother. Cue the mom-shaming. 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"Plus, they love my butt and use it as a bongo when I'm cooking dinner or awkwardly standing in line at the grocery store," she said in the post with a laughing emoji. "Anyone else, no?" Cooper also talked about her strained relationship with her mother, who hated her own body, and how she wants her children to see positivity every day. Motherhood is hard enough without picking appearances apart, she said. "Let's face it: motherhood can make us feel less than sexy," she said. "It leaves us drained, depressed, exhausted, and staring into a mirror, looking at a former shell of ourselves that we barely recognize anymore." Playground workout 🤸🏾♀️ I’ve always said, if you don’t have time, make it. While my kids play, sometimes I like to play too and sneak a fun workout in! You can literally workout anymore and you don’t need a gym membership. Just get out and move your body! Song: The Middle by @zedd Workout plans and meal plans: link in my bio ❤️ A post shared by SIA | FITNESS WORKOUTS RECIPES (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) on Nov 7, 2019 at 6:56am PST on Nov 7, 2019 at 6:56am PST Every woman deserves to "feel comfortable in her own skin without society's judgy opinions," she said, and urged the "mom-judging" to stop. "Motherhood is tough as it is," Cooper told Insider. "It is even tougher when society is screaming at you to be what they want you to be." It's okay to stand up for yourself Mom-shaming can damage the confidence women have in their mothering skills and themselves as a person, Cooper said, making them wonder if they're really going their best. She said she has struggled with depression and anxiety because of these worries, and she wants all mothers to be free to be themselves without judgment. "I did not make [the post] to call someone out — I made it to call out the problem," she said. 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