Serena Williams recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to chat with the host about how she stays positive about her body while in the public eye.
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“I’ve always had to stand strong for myself with my body image in the public eye, and I love that you’ve always done that,” Clarkson told the tennis champion. “You are so body positive.”
“I love that you’ve always done that,” Williams responded. “It’s so cool. One time I think you went off on somebody. I was like, ‘Oh.’ I loved you for it.”
Clarkson and Williams discussed an incident that took place in 2015 when U.K. journalist Katie Hopkins called the American Idol winner “fat.” Clarkson was having none of it, though, and responded to the incident, saying, “I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me. It’s a free world. Say what you will.”
“You set ’em straight and I was like, ‘woah, don’t mess with her,’ ” Williams told Clarkson.
Clarkson told Williams that she gets most upset thinking about how other young girls may feel after hearing people make negative comments about the singer’s size.
“What makes me mad about it, it’s honestly not how it’s said to me — it’s rude and obviously, nobody likes to hear it — but it’s because other women and other little girls are looking out there and they’re bigger than me and they’re going, ‘If they think she’s this way, then what does the world think of me?,'” she said. “The domino effect of that is so detrimental for people’s psyche and especially nowadays with young women on social media … it’s just so hard.”
“That’s why I feel like I have to keep talking about it every once in a while and stand up,” she continued. “I try to do it in a comedic way and keep it light. But well, sometimes you just gotta shut ’em down.”
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