Serena Williams is leveling with her fans about the challenges she faces when it comes to juggling her successful tennis career and being a mom. The 38-year-old star took to Instagram on Friday to discuss the hardships of being a working mom to her two-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who she shares with her husband for nearly three years, Alexis Ohanian. Posting a rare and candid shot with the tiny tot, Serena Williams appeared makeup-free and unapologetic for wearing her many hats, even though admitting it’s “not easy.”
In the snap, Serena Williams is seen holding her daughter who is sleeping on her chest while the duo is sitting in her car. Wearing zero makeup at all, the tennis champion is gazing out the window while she has Alexis Jr. wrapped in a blanket to keep her baby warm. Serena Williams appears strong and confident as a mama bear although her message would make it seem that she was tired and overwhelmed with her duties at the time this photo was taken.
Admitting she’s unsure who took this photo, Serena Williams got real about juggling her biggest jobs: tennis and motherhood. “I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy,” she captioned the candid photo. “I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going.” Turning to focus on working moms everywhere, Serena Williams says she’s continuously in awe by women who do the same thing every single day. “I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama @olympiaohanian,” she wrote.
Serena Williams hashtagged “no filter,” “no makeup,” “no airbrush,” and “just me,” and fans are eating it up. Her followers immediately took to her comment section to leave their own stories about being working moms. “Thank you for this! Feeling it extra hard today being a working mom,” one fan wrote. “So true. We mothers are warriors,” stated another follower. “Thank your bringing some realness to this very superficial World we live in,” added a third. Even the tennis star’s famous mom friends got in on the action. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, who has two children, replied on Serena Williams’ post by writing, “Your truth is so inspiring. We are not alone.” Mindy Kaling has a two-year-old daughter at home and commented, “This this this ??.”