Qai Qai, a doll Serena Williams gave to her daughter Olympia several years ago, received the 2022 Webby Award in the Weird Social category.
The Webby Awards have been presented since 1997 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence on the Internet. A judging panel of more than 2,000 industry experts presides over the awards, with two winners selected for each category – one chosen by academy members and one by public vote.
Qai Qai was the winner of the old voting poll in a category that aims to “reflect a unique perspective in thought and action strong enough to spark a revolution, change a pattern of behavior, or advance old house thought.” into bad habits. The doll has her own Instagram account, where the news was shared.
“Beyond honored to receive my first Webby!! Thank you, Webby Awards and a special thank you to everyone who voted for me,” the post was captioned.
Serena Williams introduced Qai Qai to Olympia because she wanted her daughter’s first doll to be black
Serena Williams first gave Qai Qai to Olympia specifically to ensure her daughter had a black doll as her first doll. The 23-time Grand Slam champion stressed that she never had the opportunity to play with black dolls growing up and wanted to give her daughter an experience she had been denied.
The American believed that this would teach her to love everyone, regardless of color.
“Qai Qai is a doll that I got for her. I wanted her to have a black doll. Growing up, I didn’t have many opportunities to have black dolls. And I just thought, like , I want her first doll to be black,” Williams said. “And her heritage, obviously she’s mixed, she’s Caucasian and black, but I feel like that was her first doll and I said her second doll would be Caucasian. I really still want to teach her the love and teach him that humans should always have love each other, no matter what color they are.”
In an Instagram post last year, the former world number 1 announced that she was planning to launch a book about Qai Qai, which would be a story about the “power of friendship and imagination”.
“Since we realized Qai Qai’s ability to spread joy to our own family and also to millions of other people around the world, we have wanted to tell his story in every way possible,” Serena Williams wrote. “We are very proud to announce Qai Qai’s first book, ‘The Adventures of Qai Qai’, a story about the power of friendship and imagination.”