The undisputed champion and reigning queen of Tennis, Serena Williams recently made it to People magazine’s Most Beautiful 2016 issue, and people are irritated as hell! Why so?

Photoshopped picture of Serena Williams

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Well, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and role model for almost every woman in the world posed for the cover in a black swimsuit, looking gorgeous and powerful as always, but there was a twist. Contrary to reality, it showed the Tennis legend with an incredibly thin, Barbie-like waistline, an effect of some heavy airbrushing and Photoshop mojo.

Photoshopped picture of Serena Williams

Picture Source Photoshopped picture of Serena Williams

Understandably, Serena’s fans were outraged, more so because she had herself shared the edited version of the cover without any qualms whatsoever. Within minutes, her Instagram account was flooded with comments from fans expressing their disappointment with their idol, and outrage at the magazine brand.

Photoshopped picture of Serena Williams

Picture Source Photoshopped picture of Serena Williams

It seemed that Selena had read the comments, as she soon deleted the photo, and uploaded a non-edited version of it, which the editors had thankfully not touched. At this, delighted fans showered her with support and praises, commending her for who she is and all of her innumerable achievements.

@people mag most beautiful 2016 ✊?

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Although she hasn’t made any official statement yet, it appears that Serena took the message to heart, as she soon uploaded a proud photo of herself relaxing by the pool, this time, completely untouched and unedited.

Tbt

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In this age of tabloid sensationalism, where girls and women are constantly judged, criticized, and shamed for their bodies, this was an extremely important and much-needed response from her fans as well as herself. You are beautiful exactly the way you are. Skinny-shaming, fat-shaming, slut-shaming, and all the things that people judge you for, need to stop. Too many people impose their opinions on others nowadays, calling out girls for being too fat, or too thin.

Never be ashamed or doubtful about your body or its beauty. Kudos to you Serena, and to girls everywhere!