SerenaSerena Williams is making waves and taking over magazine covers this summer — but not without some intriguing comments attached to her look. After being celebrated for her curvaceous body on the July 2013 cover of Essence magazine, Rolling Stone offered an alternative reference to the tennis champ’s size in their cover story.

In a statement meant to explain why certain tennis players earn more money in endorsements in their looks, the magazine makes a body image comparison to a “monster truck” that leaves us wondering if all said was truly meant in praise.

“Sharapova is tall, white and blond, and, because of that, makes more money in endorsements than Serena, who is black, beautiful and built like one of those monster trucks that crushes Volkswagens at sports arenas.”

Williams is dominating as a 5’9″ woman with an athletic 155-pound build — the first image that pops into my head is far from a monster truck, considering that several women would love to have the strength and curves that she possesses. We understand what you meant Rolling Stone – but the description used still appears to be poor word choice, especially for a weight-conscious woman.

As the grand-slammer shares in Rolling Stones, Williams has often dealt with weight issues, constantly comparing herself to her older sister Venus.

“I had to get comfortable with knowing that one of my weaknesses was my weight,” Serena told the magazine. “Especially growing up with Venus, who’s so tall and slim and model-like, and me, I’m thick and hips and everything. I used to feel like I wanted to be her. I wanted to be thin, but it wasn’t me, so I had to learn that I’m going to have larger boobs. I’m going to be bigger, and just enjoy that. So I think it’s good for a lot of other girls who are curvy or more bodacious to be confident in themselves.”

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  • Rob

    please…. I’m loking for a woman with Serena body.

  • Elaine Miller

    Both Serena and Maria are beautiful in their own way. The derogatory term “monster truck” used to describe Serena as a person and build is uncalled for. This kind of reporting should not be tolerated in civilised society. If the writer wish to draw an analogy of Serena as a person of strength and power on the tennis court, I am sure he could have found more suitable descriptive words to use about her competitiveness on the tennis court. I am sure most of us do not care whether Maria is tall and blond and successful, Serena is equally successful and should be treated with respect.

  • Joy

    I found it favorable! RS said she was Black and BEAUTIFUL and built like a monster truck, and in the context it made her sound strong, bold, and unstopable. I read “Power” in that. Now, if it had been an offhand remark on the street, maybe not so nice. But this was showing her as a more powerful athlete. Id love to be called a Monster Truck if it ment I was crushing my opponents. Serena is confident, she can take it. I work out and love my muscles and strong body. I think us ladies need to stop being so sensitive and take back our body image…what, do we want to be called a “willowy twig of a creature”, as if THATS a compliment?

  • I Like monster trucks and Serena, infact i would like to see serena in a monster truck, now that would be good.. :)