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“I’m not a size two. It’s okay to look good and feel good and I’m strong,” Williams said. “It’s okay to look strong and to be sexy and to be a woman and to be unbreakable — all those things.”
She added: “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.”
Williams isn’t the only one helping women to see that strong can be sexy. Read on for nine more women who are confident being strong and feminine.
WOWWW what an honor to be featured in @si_swimsuit 2017. THANK YOU to @mj_day & the SI team for including me in this issue. I'm very proud of my body and how hard I have worked to look like this. I of course like everyone else have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best. BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type. SI SWIM celebrates women for being unique and beautiful in our own way which is why I am so happy to be a part of it. THANK YOU @jamesmacari ????
A post shared by Alexandra Raisman (@alyraisman) on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:59pm PST
“I’m very proud of my body and how hard I have worked to look like this. I of course like everyone else have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best. BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type.” — Aly Raisman on Instagram 2017
A post shared by Natasha Hastings (@natashahastings) on Feb 12, 2017 at 4:27am PST
“I embrace who I am, and I’m not ashamed of being all woman, but being strong and being a figure of strength. I think it’s important that women know who they are and aren’t afraid to stand up for that.” —– Natasha Hastings, Cosmopolitan, 2015
A post shared by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Dec 27, 2016 at 10:33am PST
“If I can represent that body type of women that isn’t represented so much in media, then I’d be happy to do that. When women say that going on publications directed at men is somehow demeaning, I don’t think that’s true. I think that’s one really effective way to change the societal standard women are held to.” — Ronda Rousey, New York Times 2015, referencing her nude cover for ESPN Magazine
So excited to make my @SI_Swimsuit debut in the 2017 issue! https://t.co/KVGM0T7LDK | So happy to be a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Where athletes bodies can be beautiful too. No matter what anyone tells you, have confidence in your own body. OWN IT ???? Thanks you @mj_day for the oppurtunity!
A post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on Jan 10, 2017 at 2:17pm PST
“I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it. To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am. We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give.” — Simone Biles, Teen Vogue 2016
A post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:30am PST
“I encourage young girls to follow their strength. Strong bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But I don’t think you really learn to appreciate your body — however it looks — until you truly understand its capabilities. Realizing physical strength is a great gateway to realizing emotional strength.” — Maria Sharapova, Huffington Post 2015
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“I’d always believed that what mattered was how I looked, how well I embodied certain standards of perfection. But now I started to understand that my body’s natural evolution into womanhood had validity, too. Dancing had always made me happy, and I wanted that back. So my priority became simply accepting my new self. I focused on what I wanted: to feel good, to be confident in my skin again, to dance. … My curves became an integral part of who I am as a dancer, not something I needed to lose to become one. … And I think I changed everyone’s mind about what a perfect dancer is supposed to look like.” — Misty Copeland, Self 2014
Tickets available NOW for my next fight, March 4 at @barclayscenter Visit www.heather-hardy.com/events (link is in my bio) or come to @gleasonsgym Free Team Heat shirts with every ticket purchase! #heatherhardy #heathertheheat #teamheat #boxing #femaleboxing #girlboxer #boxinglife #boxinghype #boxingnight #boxingday #boxinggloves #boxingfanatik #boxer #boxingfitness #womensboxing #boxeo @dymatize @teamdymatize @adidasboxing @adidasboxing @adidaswomen @brooklyn_boxing @wbcboxing
A post shared by Heather Hardy (@heathertheheat) on Feb 7, 2017 at 5:15am PST
“Sometimes they will say that you’re too heavy or you’re not smart enough or you’re not girly enough. I come from a strong line of women who’ve taught me that it doesn’t matter who tries to keep you from doing what you love, you just do [it].” — Heather Hardy, Refinery29 2016
Going into the weekend like…???????? #Fbf to my @latina cover shoot…Happy Friyay dolls // Así es como entramos al fin de semana. Foto recordando fotos de la portada de @latina. Feliz viernes mi gente !
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“It took me a little bit just to understand I have to love the body that I’m in because it’s still beautiful. And I have to understand that women come in different shapes and different body types. I’ve used exercise to help me feel more confident inside and out, to help me build the areas that I can actually enhance so that I can feel more comfortable. … I’m trying to get women to move and feel strong and feel confident in their own way, not just trying to fit any other mold.” — Massy Arias, Elle 2016
Athletes come in all shapes and sizes and I am proud to announce that I am one of the covers of @ESPN the Magazine's 2015 edition of The #BodyIssue. I am honored to represent for Track & Field and the Hammer Throw. #TrackNation #NikeWomen #NYAC #Olympians #RoadtoRio #USATF #BetterForIt #LikeAGirl #plusmodel #plussize #beautybeyondsize #iamsizesexy #nobodyshamecampaign #curvesahead #effyourbeautystandards #curves #honormycurves #HammerThrow #unlv #bodypositive #nobodyshame #ThrowLikeaGirl #TeamUSA Thanks to #ESPN Photographer: Peter Hapak
A post shared by Amanda Bingson (@abingson) on Jul 6, 2015 at 6:57am PDT
“Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don’t have any of that. My arm is just my arm — it’s not cut, it’s not sculpted. I don’t have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don’t have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren’t bulging out. I’m just dense. I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. … I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body.” — Amanda Bingson, ESPN Magazine 2015