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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Latest Text Exchange Is One for the Books

Andrea Park
Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian called out the double standard on anger applied to his wife Serena Williams compared to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

When Serena Williams is playing a tennis match, most people are paying attention to the actual game. This week, however, several Twitter users took an interest in the athlete's impeccably-laid edges. Perhaps assuming (and rightly so!) that Williams might be reluctant to share the secret to keeping her hair in place, a few of these tweeters instead enlisted her husband, Alexis Ohanian, to get the intel—a task he eagerly took on.

It all began when one person asked Ohanian to peek at Williams' side of the bathroom to find the edge control product she uses. Almost immediately, several other people jumped in to second that request, with one begging for the surely magical product that keeps Williams' baby hairs in place through "over two hours of sweat, humidity, toweling" per match. Another added that Williams is their "edge inspiration." Ohanian, maybe a little less than confident in his ability to identify the edge control product in question, decided to come right out and ask his wife about it, and he shared their text correspondence on Twitter.

Though Williams seemed initially surprised about her husband's sudden interest in her hair, once he explained that it was for the good people of Twitter, she admitted that she'd recently discovered a new gel. Sadly, that's all she'd give away, since, when Ohanian asked for the name of this miracle gel, she coyly replied, "Serena's secret." Alas, the Twitterverse might have to wait a bit longer for Williams to decide to reveal the name of her gel.

This isn't even the first time this week that the Reddit co-founder has endeared himself to his superstar wife's fans on Twitter. On Wednesday (September 19), when someone asked whether Ohanian cared about often being referred to as "Serena Williams's husband," he replied, "I don't mind at all. Only a few hundred million people use @reddit every month and only a small percentage of them know who I am. (Far, far more people have cheered for my wife; specifically, for the last two decades) Just math." He graciously added, "[My] contribution to the world — let alone recognition — isn't close to comparable to what my wife has done and will continue to do. It's pretty liberating, really." Everyone else, take note!

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