Serena Williams's 'Vogue' Cover With 4-Month-Old Daughter Called a 'Disgrace' Because She Married a White Guy

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There's not much to say about this new celeb mom -- except that she's fierce, unstoppable, and a dominating force on the tennis field. Serena Williams's Vogue cover with daughter Alexis Jr. is a grand slam and has so many people in their feels. Sadly it also sparked some controversy, as some are mad Serena married outside her race -- and they're accusing Vogue of having a racist cover. (Double yikes.)

  • Serena looks absolutely radiant with her 4-month-old girl on the February cover.

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    Serena and her Reddit cofounder husband Alexis Ohanian, who said "I do" last November, welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1.

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  • The new mom opened up about her emergency C-section and the discovery of a large hematoma in her stomach that required postpartum surgery.

    The 36-year-old told Vogue about her harrowing birth story, in which she needed a C-section because Alexis's heart rate dropped "dangerously low." Sadly, things didn't get better for this new mom, as there was a large hematoma in Serena's abdomen, resulting in a post-delivery operation that left her bedridden for six weeks.

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    "I was happy to change diapers," Serena's husband told Vogue. "But on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder. Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it."

  • Motherhood has challenged Serena in more ways than she can imagine, but has also helped with things like anxiety on the tennis court.

    "... I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born," Williams explained. "Knowing I've got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don't need them. That's a different feeling for me."

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    Still, being a mom is hard for the tennis star, who admits she doesn't always feel on top of her game. "Sometimes I get really down and feel like, Man, I can't do this," she revealed. "No one talks about the low moments -- the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry. I've broken down I don't know how many times. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane."

  • Many readers found Serena's honesty refreshing and her cover photo with her baby girl stunning.

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  • Others, however, couldn't help but criticize her relationship with Alexis and went as far as calling Serena a "disgrace" for having a baby with a white man.

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    Sadly, this wasn't the only comment on Serena's Instagram post of her Vogue cover.

    "Why you trying to be white?" one commenter questioned. "I used to be a big fan now I'm so ashamed smh. I'm far from hating and will never be a hater but this just isn't right at all ... have some pride ... I bet your father feels the exact same way ... just a true wannabe you even wear your makeup and hair weave to look like these devils just pathetic @serenawilliams."

    "Y black women usually so self conscious they need to have white babies it's always the really dark girls too, lol," said another.

  • Speaking of race, some people are calling out the magazine for using the term "modern family" on Serena's cover and think it's racist and insensitive.

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    Not everyone is bothered by Vogue's choice of words, as they feel "modern families" speaks to a separate article that's not about Serena.

  • Last time we checked, people are allowed to marry whomever *they* fall in love with -- regardless of race. So, Serena, go ahead and twirl on them haters.

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    This madness is unacceptable and needs to stop.

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