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Serena Williams Uses an Adorable Picture of Her Daughter to Explain Why Braids aren’t Just a Hairstyle

“Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding our hair for centuries.”

Serena Williams is many things: a fashion designer, a venture capital investor, and ofc, the world’s greatest athlete.

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But, according to her Instagram bio, she’s first and foremost Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.’s mom.

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So, it should come as no surprise that Serena loves bonding with her 1-year-old daughter. And as she shared in a recent Instagram post, one of her favorite ways to spend time with Olympia is through a historically Black tradition passed down from generation to generation.

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Shout out to all the black girls/woman/non-binary peeps who also sat right there between their momma/guardian’s legs and got their hair did!!!

“Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding our hair for centuries,” Serena wrote. “In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe, [because] of the time it would take people would often take the time to socialize.”

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“It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them,” she continued. “The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world.”

“I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions,” she concluded.


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