Serena Williams ‘Didn’t Want to Do Anything’ for Herself When She Became a Mom, Now She Treats Herself

Serena Williams makes sure she treats herself. 

The 38-year-old tennis champion leads a busy life. She’s constantly splitting her time between tennis, family, and multiple business ventures. Williams has fashion and jewelry lines as well as other lucrative deals including one with Nike. 

When she became a parent in 2016, her mindset shifted. Williams didn’t want to do anything for herself but focus all her energy on her now-2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., whom she shares with her husband, Reddit cofounder and entrepreneur, Alexis Ohanian. In the years since becoming a mother, Williams has made sure to set time aside to take care of herself. But it wasn’t always that way. 

Serena Williams: ‘I wanted to do it all for my daughter’

Speaking to Shape in an article published on March 23, 2020, Williams said when she became a mom she didn’t want to do things for herself. She took care of her daughter and didn’t necessarily set time aside for herself. 

“After having a baby, I didn’t want to do anything for myself. I wanted to do it all for my daughter,” she said before adding that she eventually found ways to show herself some love. “It’s a great attitude, but moms don’t treat themselves the way they deserve. So that’s my thing now.”

Even though Williams is a tennis icon worth an estimated $200 million, her approach to treating herself is surprisingly relatable and affordable. 

Skin-care is one way she treats herself

Williams likes to treat herself by testing out skin-care products before bed, something anyone who is looking to show themselves some care and attention can easily do.  

“I keep a bunch by my bed, and every night I choose something new: a heated eye mask, a face mask, a chin mask,” Williams told Shape. “Devoting that time to care for my skin makes me feel so good.” 

Serena Williams at the S By Serena presentation at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 12, 2020
Serena Williams at the S By Serena presentation at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 12, 2020 | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Not only does Williams enjoy trying new skin-care products, she posts videos of herself getting ready on Instagram, oftentimes with her daughter. Not only is Williams a top professional athlete, she enjoys experimenting with beauty products. 

Serena Williams is ‘happiest’ at home

Another way Williams likes to be kind to herself; spend time at home. With her career, she certainly travels more than most and relishes time she gets to spend at home in Florida with her family. 

Before the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in Williams staying at home, she told Shape a moment with her daughter made her realize some downtime from traveling would be a good thing. 

“The other day, we pulled into the driveway after another trip, and Olympia [her daughter] looks at the house and goes, ‘Yaaaaay,’” she said with her arms in the air. “It made me happy, but it also broke my heart. I thought, Wait, am I traveling too much?’ I think that’s my happiest place—just being at home. It’s what makes me feel calm and so at peace.”

Look out for more makeup and skin-care videos from Williams with appearances from her daughter on social media while they stay at home.