Serena Williams opens up on choosing black doll as her book’s main character

In an interview with the Black Girls Texting podcast, Serena Williams explained why the main character of her new children’s book, a doll, is black. “Qai Qai had her own personality. She became a TikTok star and an Instagram star.

That (black voice) was her voice on TikTok and Instagram. So, it kind of came through with how she started posting stuff and etc. We wanted to keep that because she has a huge following. She’s obviously super positive but she needed to be quick and witty.

(We asked) how do we incorporate that quick and witty into a book? She makes jokes, she makes people laugh, so we can do that in the voice, on how she replies, and stuff like that.”

On Instagram, the Qai Qai doll has a following of about 340.000 users after posting over 535 times.

On TikTok, Qai Qai has a whopping amount of 4 million followers.

What is Serena’s new children’s book about

Serena Williams’ recently launched children’s book is called The Adventures of Qai Qai. Here is the book’s description: “From superstar athlete, record breaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist (and mama) Serena Williams, comes a magical picture book in which a little girl learns to believe in herself with the help of her doll and best friend, Qai Qai.

  • “Don’t be scared, Best Friend! I’m right here with you, always!”
  • “But what if I’m not good enough?”
  • “Girl!” Qai Qai answered. “You’re already good enough when you walk in the door!
  • Come on, let me show you”.

Baby Girl has a dance recital coming up, and she can’t help but worry. She’s practiced and practiced, but what if something goes wrong? What if she forgets the steps or freezes up during her solo?

Luckily, her best friend Qai Qai the doll has her back!

When Qai Qai comes to life, they go on a magical journey that shows Baby Girl that she’s ready for the stage.

The Adventures of Qai Qai, a heartwarming picture book from beloved athlete Serena Williams, shows readers the power of believing—in your best friend and in yourself.

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