Serena Williams’ popularity shows no signs of waning post-retirement. The tennis legend has been delighting her fans off the court as well, with her daughter Olympia’s doll recently taking social media by storm.
Made popular thanks to The Adventures of Qai Qai, a children’s picture book that Williams recently authored, the doll now has 4,000,000 followers as per a tweet from her husband Alexis Ohanian.
4,000,000 followers. That’s more followers for my daughter’s doll on one social media platform than I have on all of mine COMBINED (I’m only at 1.6M). Impressive, QQ 🙃 tiktok.com/@realqaiqai
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The book, which was released on September 27 got off to a flying start, making its way to the top of Amazon’s list of new best-selllers.
During an interaction on ABC’s Good Morning America, Williams asserted that although her daughter feels the book is about her own family, in reality the story is a work of fiction.
The tennis star also revealed that she wanted the doll to represent a black girl.
“When I saw the illustration I said listen I really wanted to represent a black girl because I thought it was really important and that was the reason Qai Qai came on because I was looking for a black doll and I wanted it to be something really authentic. She (Yesenia) did a wonderful job with getting that across even with the mom and the dad and it’s an amazing family in the book so,” Williams stated.