By Sean O'grady For Mailonline
Published: 18:27 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 20:40 BST, 5 October 2020
Serena Williams has told how she loves representing 'beautiful dark women' as she discussed her thoughts on body confidence and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The tennis champion, 39, appears on the front cover of British Vogue's November issue and told the publication how she feels she has been 'underpaid' and 'undervalued' in the past in comparison to her male and white female counterparts.
She said: 'I’ve never been a person that has been like, "I want to be a different colour" or "I want my skin tone to be lighter."
Interview: Serena Williams, 39, has told how she loves representing 'beautiful dark women' as she discussed her thoughts on body confidence and the Black Lives Matter movement
'I like who I am, I like how I look, and I love representing the beautiful dark women out there. For me, it’s perfect. I wouldn’t want it any other way.'
Serena also discussed her feelings on body image, saying how she felt like her sister Venus had a body deemed more acceptable by society when they were growing up as she was more slender than her younger sibling.
Serena said: 'When I was growing up, what was celebrated was different. Venus looked more like what is really acceptable: she has incredibly long legs, she’s really, really thin.
'I didn’t see people on TV that looked like me, who were thick. There wasn’t positive body image. It was a different age.'