FASHION SPOTLIGHT: SERENA WILLIAMS ELECTRIFY HARPER'S BAZAAR AUGUST 2019 COVER FEATURE
Photographs by Alexi Lubomirski
Hair: Vernon François;
Makeup: Tyron Machhausen;
Manicure: Kimberly Ta; Nathalie Akiya for Kranky Produktions;
Set Design: Belinda Scott.
Brief excerpt from cover story by yours truly Serena Williams:
At 17, I won my first Grand Slam, and I knew I had more in me. In fact, I was so sure that when I packed up my life and left my dad’s house to move in with my sister Venus, I told him he could keep my US Open trophy. Don’t worry, I assured him. I would get another one for my house. Now that was confidence. I went on to win the US Open not one or two but six times.
Since that fateful victory in 1999, I’ve won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 39 Grand Slam titles in all, and countless gold medals. I have been asked what keeps me motivated to continue playing tennis. To me, the answer is simple: I love the sport. When I’m giving speeches I always say how important it is to love what you do. If you don’t, then find something that speaks to you. Follow your passion. Of course, there are times when loving tennis is hard.
Fast-forward to September 2018. It’s the final of the US Open, and I’m competing to win my 24th Grand Slam against Naomi Osaka. It’s the beginning of the second set, and the umpire thinks he spots my coach signaling me from the stands. He issues a violation—a warning. I approach him and emphatically state the truth: that I wasn’t looking at my coach. “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose,” I said. I walk back to the court and lose the next point. I smash my racket in frustration; he issues another violation and gives a point to my opponent. I feel passionately compelled to stand up for myself. I call him a thief; I again demand an apology. I tell him he is penalizing me for being a woman.
Tom Ford dress; Cartier earrings; Devious sandals; Williams’s own ring.
Lanvin dress; David Yurman bracelet and chain (styled on dress strap); Audemars Piguet watch; Williams’s own rings; Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold.
August 2019 issue of Harper's BAZAAR, available on newsstands July, 23.