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Tennis Star Serena Williams

Serena Williams has just finished another photo-shoot for Sports Illustrated for its Swimsuit Issue. The highlight for her at the shoot? A thong bikini! It was her first time wearing a thong, and she braved the situation with total confidence.

 

Serena said, “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,” she shares in the exclusive SI video clip. “The thong is perfect, it really made me feel comfortable. I’m officially a thong girl now!”

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As for the vibe on set, Williams requested “cheesy ’90s songs” so she could “act like the girl in those videos.”

One of these sexy video scenes took place at an outdoor shower. Williams wears a red-hot thong bikini and totally let herself get lost in the moment. “The shower scene was amazing, because I also wanted to do something like that,” she admitted. “I’ve always wanted to let go—let my hair wet, let my face wet and take a supernatural picture that was strong and beautiful at the same time, and I really feel like we were able to achieve that with that shot.”

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Serena Williams wearing Red thong bikini

Serena Williams wearing Red thong bikini

 

Williams also is proud to be on part of this year’s body diverse issue and hopes to inspire women to embrace their curves.
“I want people to come away with the fact that it’s okay to be comfortable in your body,” she shares.

“I’m not a size two. It’s okay to look good and feel good and I’m strong,” she added.

Serena Williams wearing Yellow thong bikini

Serena Williams wearing Yellow thong bikini

It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable — all 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 hope for.”

Are you interested in getting a thong bikini? Here are our picks to recreate Serena’s looks:

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