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Serena Williams Honors Her Mom and Daughter in Body-Positive Message

Serena Williams wants to teach her baby girl to appreciate her own power. And, as she made clear in a beautiful letter, her own mom is to thank for this.

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Serena Williams has only been a mom for a few weeks, but the tennis star is already displaying her fierce commitment to raising a girl who celebrates her own strength. And she has her own mom to thank for that.

The tennis star, who welcomed baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian on September 1, shared a side-by-side photo of herself and her baby girl on her Instagram page; she also included an amazing letter to her own mom.

Part of the letter appeared on the athlete's Instagram page itself along with a prompt to head to her Reddit page for more.

"Dear Mom, You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter 😳) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don't know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day," Williams posted on Reddit.

The new mom touched on body image and thanked her mother for showing her "the power of a black woman."

"Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges—ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had," she wrote. "Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I'm not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly."

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We've always admired Williams for being the strong, successful, confident woman she is, and she's passing that torch to her own little girl. One thing is clear from this amazing letter (which you can read in full here): When it comes to Williams' strength and her rock-solid sense of self, she got it from her mama.