The tennis superstar appears in a new commercial for Nike that celebrates women.

By Sarah Yang
March 05, 2018
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Just when we thought Serena Williams had done it all, she goes and inspires us all over again. In a new ad for Nike—which debuted during this Sunday’s Oscars and ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8—Williams breaks down barriers and stereotypes while confronting her critics.

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“I’ve never been the right kind of woman,” Williams says in a voiceover. “Oversized and overconfident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again, there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”

If you didn’t get chills from that, you might want to check your pulse. The message is a strong one for all women out there, even if you haven’t won 23 Grand Slam singles titles. Nike said in a statement, “As we approach International Women's Day, Nike wanted to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women everywhere and share our belief in gender equality, in this case, delivered by Serena Williams, the greatest athlete of all time.”

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We can’t wait to see Williams shine on the tennis court again—she’s set to return to tournament play next month at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, after taking time off after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia. Did you catch those billboards her husband, Alexis Ohanian, put up to celebrate her return? Serious #couplegoals right there.

Watch the Nike commercial below.