I have been fortunate to be surrounded by truly phenomenal, virtuous women in my family to look to as role models so I have never had much more than distant admiration for celebrities. However, there are a few exceptions and the Williams sisters definitely break the rule! I have admired their athleticism, humility, poise under pressure and entrepreneurial spirits for about 15 years. It doesn’t hurt that I also began playing tennis around the time they stepped into the spotlight seemingly out of no where! Both women are still competing at the highest level – professionally – in their thirties. Remarkable!
Venus Williams incredible talent has been overshadowed in recent years by the amazing accomplishments of her younger sister, Serena. I’ll admit that I cried last year when Serena tied as she again made history with her US Open victory, tying as second most singles grand slam titles won in open era. However, Venus battles a chronic inflammatory disease and STILL has the ability to annihilate women more than ten years younger and is still consistently ranked as one of the top 25 singles players. And let’s not forget – she hold nine singles grand slam titles herself!
Now that I’ve established my admiration (well, okay more like fawned over) both sisters – let’s talk about their appearance, more specifically their hair. Every single match, I wonder who styles them. From the crazy beads, to the unkept looking braids, then wild weaves – it seemed the sisters could never quite get it right. Off court, they slay! But on-court? Not so much. They are both multi-millionaires and can afford the best of the best so I just don’t understand it! Why did it always look like they when to their local kitchen beautician for a sew in with a couple of packs of $9.99 weave?
Well – Venus has once again changed the game!!! I was ecstatic to see her rocking her gorgeously, kinky, curly hair this year! Her hair looks full, healthy and soooooooo much better than anything we’ve ever seen her in before! I couldn’t stop staring at it as she crushed the ball (and her opponent) throughout her first round matches. It flung itself from side to side as she moved about the court. I kept getting distracted by her hair, but this time in a good way, with questioning thoughts about what she uses to maintain her hair.
It reminded me that hair should never be an excuse to not work out. Look at Venus’s healthy natural hair, despite what we all know must be an extremely grueling training schedule. However as she took her victorious stroll off the court, I couldn’t help but think “Now, who is going to detangle all of that?!”