Tennis Ace Serena Williams embodies The Beauty Bean’s definition of real beauty.  She not only radiates outer beauty and strength, but also exudes inner beauty through her dedication to things bigger than her, her fame and her internationally acclaimed athletic talent. While you probably know her best as the #1 ranked women’s tennis player in the world, when not on the court, Serena devotes her time to her charity, which recently opened The Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya, her fashion line and her work as a co-founder of MISSION Skincare.  She is fit, fashionable and fabulous. She beautifies, sweats, lusts, pampers and nourishes. She personifies real beauty.

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We sat down with Serena Williams and asked her to weigh in on real beauty.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
This is answer is definitely cliché, but true… beauty is skin deep. I think a person’s character, confidence and integrity are some of the most beautiful traits one can possess.

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How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
There is no such thing as perfection. It’s very important to love your body and be confident with who you are.

If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to get enough sleep and drink more water!

What’s your one, can’t live without beauty product?
Nail polish. I can’t stand it when my nails aren’t done. I actually carry a small nail kit in my purse that has nail polish remover pads, cuticle oil, a file and nail polish. It’s perfect when I’m on the go.

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Each Friday, On Real Beauty will present the same 4 beauty questions to a notable woman in Hollywood, athletics, media or the beauty industry with the hope of not only uncovering some great beauty scoop and tips, but also finding out their take on body image, confidence and real beauty.

Coming soon: Sports Illustrated Cover Model Brooklyn Decker, Celebrity Yoga Instructor Tara Stiles, LPGA Star Morgan Pressel and more!

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Photography Credit: SerenaWillams.com