She trampled the competition at Wimbledon last month and now Serena Willams has nabbed the cover of New York magazine, so it’s safe to say she’s #WINNING at life right now.
The tennis pro flaunted her athletic frame in an Elizabeth and James bodycon dress that hugged her every curve. The high neckline and long sleeves kept her decolletage covered but the thigh-high side slit put the brunette beauty’s enviable pins on display.
With Fall right around the corner, we’d say this look deserves a spot in next season’s lineup. Dress it down with a pair of classic adidas, or dress is up with slinky knee high boots.
You can’t get your hands on Serena’s exact number just yet so why not shop the edit below for an option in its likeness? Show a lot of leg with a steal at Boohoo or be a bit more modest with Feel the Piece’s version.
Serena was raised in the rough city of Compton, California – not because her family was poor, but because her middle-class father wanted her and her sisters to be tough.
And while that toughness has certainly been an advantage when it comes to playing the game, it’s also gotten her into some trouble.
Serena has been fined on several occasions for outbursts on the court, including a whopping $82,500 in 2009 after she screamed at a lineswoman who called her for a foot fault: ‘I swear to God, I’ll f***ing take this ball and shove it down your f***ing throat.’
But the tennis pro insists that it’s not necessarily her language or temper that are the real problems, but sexism – as men who’ve had similar outbursts receive considerably less attention and criticism
‘I just think it was weird,’ she said. ‘I just really thought that was strange. You have people who made a career out of yelling at line judges. And a woman does it, and it’s like a big problem. But you know, hey.’
While putting up with haters and critics has been ongoing through Serena’s impressive 13-year career, the 5’9″ champion athlete doesn’t like to dwell on the past.
She doesn’t even really like to reminisce to much about the good stuff, either, and admitted that she doesn’t keep her winnings out on display at home.
‘I have lots of trophies, and I’m just – I’m not that person that needs to see all these trophies,’ said the star, who was styled for her New York Magazine shoot by Vogue editor Lawren Howell – who has also worked with the likes of Emma Stone and Elle Fanning.
She went on: ‘I have some in my house here, some in my house there, some I don’t know what happened to ’em. I have my grand-slam trophies… somewhere.’
Instead of focusing on what she has accomplished in the past, the busy pro is setting ‘herself up for a career after tennis’ – which includes building a fashion empire.
In fact, Serena insists that initially, she wanted to be a wedding dress designer, and even took a few college-level design classes.
‘That was my first real love,’ she said, ‘but then I was like, Listen. I’m playing professional tennis. I’ll just do athleticwear.’
And she did. Serena’s line, Serena Williams Signature Statement, sells exclusively on HSN, and complements the fashionista-on-the-courts persona that she and her sister, Venus, cultivated.
‘We brought fashion back to tennis,’ she said, adding: ‘It was great when Chris Evert was around. Tracy Austin had some great designs. But the ’90s was not a good time.’
Source: Daily Mail