As a 23-time Grand Slam champion and one of the most powerful women in the world according to Forbes magazine, Serena Williams knows what it takes to be successful and isn’t afraid to share tips on winning. During a conversation before a crowd of more than 500 Teen Vogue Summit attendees, Williams told Teen Vogue Editor Lindsay Peoples and 11-year-old activist Naomi Wadler that women of color should support each other.
“Especially us. Women of color. We really have to support each other,” Williams said. “The success of one woman should be the inspiration for the next. And if we look at it that way, there’d be so much more that we could accomplish.”
A self-proclaimed competitor at heart and perfectionist, Williams says she has more to accomplish. The new mom revealed that she hopes to conquer computer coding next.
“In my next challenge I definitely want to learn how to do some coding,” Williams revealed. “It’s really important to me, especially because my fashion brand is all online.”
When asked how she already balances family, tennis, and running a clothing line, Williams said it comes naturally.
“I just love what I do,” Williams said. “I love playing tennis. Mostly I love being a full-time mom. I’ve been with her everyday of her life. I haven’t missed a day and I love that she gives me that love back.”
Williams’ final message to the group of mostly young women was to be proud of who they are.
“I want you guys to be as proud as I am to walk on the center of Wimbledon and be black,” Williams added.
Women’s empowerment, inclusiveness, self-acceptance, and the #MeToo movement were some of the other major topics of discussion during the gathering held earlier this month in Los Angeles.
During the emotional “Man Up: Unpacking Masculinity” panel with Younger actor Nico Tortorella, YouTuber Jay Versace, and Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson, actor Terry Crews opened up about toxic masculinity, accountability, and why he shared his own personal story of sexual abuse during the #MeToo movement.
“I think as men, what we need to do is to say, ‘We’re sorry.’ Then we need to concede, and we need to be accountable,” the actor stated. “It can’t go unsaid that the inspiration every step of the way was started by the women who came forward first.”
“I had to say, ‘I got this wrong,'” Crews shared. “‘I didn’t do it right.’ I had to correct. I had to make sure it’s not only apologies; it’s about accountability. I had to be accountable to my family, to my wife, to people that I did wrong in the past.
Other celebrity participants at the event included Storm Reid, Cara Delevingne, Prabal Gurung, Eva Longoria, Vanessa Morgan, Lana Condor, Josie Totah, and Luna Blaise, plus a special acoustic performance by Lauren Jauregui.
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