Serena Williams baby girl has a constant companion that tags along with her to the U.S. Open cheering on mom Serena as well as other notable events and on Instagram being side by side with Alexis Olympia… Well now she’s telling her story…
This week she is on a special trip to NYC doing a special interview with O Magazine and with her 115,000 followers on Instagram and counting she’s becoming quite the influencer.
Qai, Qai sits down with Gayle King to discuss the lessons she’s learned to why being a boss is a way of life… Read below…
From O Magazine, Who is Qai, Qai…
It’s an honor to sit down with you, Qai Qai. First things first, let’s set the record straight: How do you pronounce Qai Qai?
You’ve seen a lot of Instagram fame recently. How are you handling it?
“I don’t see it as fame. I just have more friends now.”
We’ve noticed that on Twitter, you love the phrase “boss up.” What does that mean to you?
“Bossing up is a way of life. It’s about encouraging yourself and those around you to concentrate on putting your best effort into everything you do every single day—even on those days when it feels like the world is against you. When I think of the stories of the people who inspire me the most, I then think, How did they get there? It’s simple: They bossed up.”
Here at OprahMag.com, we encourage our readers to live their best lives and put themselves first. How does Qai Qai practice self-care?
“Minding my business is my favorite form of self-care. When I make enough space to focus on myself and what I love, I no longer have room for self-doubt or comparisons. Instead, I can focus on personal growth and compassion for myself and those I love. I think we’re too hard on ourselves because we’ve learned to judge and be judged. Minding my business means I can’t worry about how absurd people believe I am. My purpose is simply to be a friend.”
Do you think grown-ups are ever too old to play with dolls?
“I hear ‘too old’ too often. I think grown-ups get caught up in the monotony of work and life in general. They were taught things like ‘time is money’ and ‘time is of the essence,’ so they’re rushing through their days in preparation for the days that haven’t come yet. But in reality, there’s so much time to live, we just get caught up in our own patterns! I encourage all my friends—especially grown-ups!—to live a little, which means playing a lot. But most of all: smile. Dolls like me are friends, and everyone needs a friend.”
Why do you think it’s important that the world see you as both Olympia’s friend, but also a Black doll, specifically?
“It’s vital for kids to be able to turn on the TV, flip through a magazine, or scroll through Instagram looking to the people they admire the most—and then see something that looks, feels, or is shaped like them. And the earlier they can do that, the better. The doll tests of the 1940s showed how impressionable children can be when exposed to the beauty standards of mainstream media. Though we’ve come a long way—dolls and people alike—these types of biases are only two generations away from the kids of today. We’re still in a world where some children’s grandparents and great-grandparents weren’t even allowed to go to college and become a lawyer or doctor—but Doc McStuffins can. Now, today’s children know that they can, too.”
You’ve been lucky enough to attend many of your grandmother’s tennis matches. Which was your favorite?
“Anytime she plays Auntie V, because it’s always so much more than a match. It’s a showcase of two women bonded by far more than just family. They redefined a sport, and above all, made young girls everywhere believe they can do anything, because they can. That’s legacy.”
What do you hope your legacy will be?
“One of love, inspiration, and never taking yourself too seriously. With a lot of laughs along the way!”
Last, but definitely not least: Who’s the most fun grandparent: Alexis, or Serena?
“I plead the fifth.”