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Serena Williams champions body confidence in women of all ages

Serena Williams wants to encourage young girls just like her to embrace their bodies and feel good about themselves.

Tennis champion Serena Williams wouldn't change a thing about her body even though she is often trolled online for her shape.

The 34-year-old was mocked by fans during this year's Wimbledon tournament when her nipples were visible through her white dress, and critics have been unkind about Serena's muscular physique in the past, but in a new interview with Self magazine, she admitted she takes the criticism in her stride.

"I love my body, and I would never change anything about it," she said. "I'm not asking you to like my body. I'm just asking you to let me be me, because I'm going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself."

In the accompanying photoshoot, Serena shows off her fabulous figure in an array of swimwear, including a bikini with criss cross detailing and a crossover-necked two piece.

The sports superstar is gearing up for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil and she admits that despite her many years in tennis her appetite for success has far from waned.

"This is my blood, I live for this and have for the last 32 years," she said. "When I step out on that court, you're going to get all of me. It's always been, like, bring it on - and more."

However, Serena is thinking to the future and what she will do when she finally hangs up her tennis racket for good, with her fashion line HSN at the top of her list of priorities.

"In five years, I'm on a boat or an island, sketching the latest collection," she said, before adding: "Maybe there's a baby, maybe a couple, we'll see."

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