Over the years, Serena Williams has become a mainstay in the pages of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, but this may be her steamiest year yet.
For this year's issue, which dropped earlier this week, Serena modeled a variety of swimsuits, and revealed in a behind-the-scenes interview that this photo shoot was her first time even wearing a thong bikini.
"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 said. "The thong is perfect, it really made me feel comfortable. I'm officially a thong girl now."
This year's issue features a more body diverse range of models than in previous years, a fact that Williams is proud of.
"I want people to come away with the fact that it's okay to be comfortable in your body," she said "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. 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."
Mission accomplished, Serena. You can check out more footage of the tennis star slaying in the video below.
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