NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Serena Williams speaks at GLAM SLAM Presented by NYFW: The Shows and Chase Sapphire Session 6: S By Serena Presentation with Serena Williams during NYFW: The Shows 2022 at Spring Studios on September 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG Fashion)

Serena Williams’s youngsters’s ebook is sort of right here. In a Sept. 14 interview on “Good Morning America,” the tennis icon spoke about “The Adventures of Qai Qai,” her youngsters’s ebook based mostly on her daughter Olympia’s doll of the identical title.

Williams mentioned that the ebook, which she conceptualized “throughout COVID,” is “actually nearly utilizing her creativeness as a result of youngsters have such an incredible creativeness.”

“We simply wished to actually simply put in folks’s minds that we will not neglect how necessary it’s to simply use your creativeness and play and in addition imagine in your self,” she mentioned. “So there’s some actually cool hidden messages in there about self-confidence and that you are able to do it and in addition simply going again to the artwork of simply being a child.”

The artwork, which was created by artist Yesenia Moises, was additionally intentional. “When I noticed the illustration, I mentioned, ‘Listen, I actually need it to characterize a Black woman,’ as a result of I assumed it was actually necessary — the explanation Qai Qai got here [about was] as a result of I used to be in search of a Black doll and I simply wished it to be one thing actually genuine that represented who we’re — our hair, and like all the things and the feel,” Williams mentioned. “And I assumed she did a beautiful job with getting that throughout, even with the mother and the dad.”

The ebook has a very particular which means for Williams’s 5-year-old daughter Olympia, who she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian. “Olympia thinks it is her within the ebook,” Williams mentioned throughout her Good Morning America look. “And she thinks the dad is my husband and it is fairly humorous as a result of I’m like, it isn’t us though it is closely [inspired]. I do not need it to go to her head!”

Williams, who announced her retirement from tennis in August, first launched the world to Qai Qai when she made an Instagram for her daughter’s doll in 2018. The account went viral, and as we speak, Qai Qai has 3.7 million followers on TikTok.

She first introduced the ebook in December 2021, releasing an announcement that learn, “Qai Qai is a particular member of our household and we hope The Adventures of Qai Qai will give others a brand new manner to welcome Qai Qai into their very own dwelling,” per People.

“The Adventures of Qai Qai” shall be launched on Sept. 27.

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