Serena flaunts sexy thighs in for sport illustrated cover as sports person of the year

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Serena Williams has been named as the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of theYear, and graces the cover of its upcoming issue.While her fans are celebrating her success, some were quick to slam the raunchy cover shot as Serena reclines on a gold throne because her thighs look so slim.Serena’s muscular frame has been applauded and admired as she smashes her way to victory in tennis year after year, so it was a surprise that her bare legs were so slim for the new shoot.The tennis champion has been the victim of nasty abuseover her body – with even Harry Potter author JK Rowling leaping to her defence during the Wimbledon championship earlier this year – but she’s always been proud of her curves.sportsillustratedVerifiedAnd the 2015@sportsillustratedSportsperson of the Year… Is@serenawilliams. Congratulations! Beautiful cover of an amazing athlete. Photograph by@yutsai88for Sports Illustrated5,192207InstagramAnd the 2015 @sportsillustrated Sportsperson of the Year… Is @serenawilliams. Congratulations! Beautiful cover of an amazing athlete. Photograph by @yutsai88 for Sports IllustratedA photo posted by Sports Illustrated (@sportsillustrated) onDec 14, 2015 at 7:04am PSTIn July, the 34-year-old said onGood Morning America: “This is me and I love me, and I’ve learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life, and I embrace me.“And I love how I look. I love that I’m a full woman, and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”But her thick thighs look as if they’ve been trimmed right down for the racy cover, where she poses in a black lace leotard while wearing patent black leather heels.Annie Leibovitz/PirelliSerena Williams posing in just a pair of pants for Pirelli magazine“Photoshopped#SerenaWilliamsuntil she looked slim. Beautiful picture but she better with her normalbody,” one disappointed fan wrote.Another Twitter user said: “They got Serena Williams looking good on that Sports illustrate magazine but the Photoshop tf outta It!!!! (sic)”While another asked: “Wait did@serenawilliamslose weight or did@SInowphotoshop hercuz i don’t ever recall them thighs ever being that small”.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe tennis champ is known for her power – pictured here at the US OpenSerena has enjoyed an impressive year, having won her 19th, 20th and 21st GrandSlam titles, as well as remaining as the number one female tennis player for the entire season, despite sustaining several physical injuries.”Serena has made a very strong case as not only the greatest tennis player of her generation but of all time, and after the string of performances she put together in 2015, she is one ofthe most dominant athletes playing today,” Sports Illustrated said in a statement.Serena Williams does splits during a photoshootWhile Serena didn’t mention the photoshop, but she did say: “This year was spectacular.“For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say,it takes a village— not just oneperson. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honoured.”

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