Tennis icon Serena Williams has become the latest athlete to grace the cover of a box of Wheaties for the first time in her career.
Williams, who currently holds the record for most Grand Slam tournament wins in the Open Era for both women and men, shared the news in a post on Instagram this week.
“In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box,” Williams wrote. “Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.”
Tiffani Daniels, a marketing manager at Wheaties, said in a statement that Williams “exemplifies all of the personal attributes that Wheaties looks for when choosing who its next champion will be.”
“On the court she has been named the women’s most valuable player seven times, while off the court she uses her voice to inspire and spark change to make the world a better place,” she continued.
Williams also expressed excitement with being the next cover star for Wheaties, which has a long tradition of honoring legendary sports icons on their cereal boxes.
“I am so excited to be on the cover of the next Wheaties box,” Williams said in a press statement. “I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it’s an honor to join the ranks of some of America’s most decorated athletes.”
“I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big,” she added.