Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Serena Williams on the August 2018 Cover of InStyle Magazine

Serena Williams is on the cover of the first ever cover of InStyle magazine's 'The Badass Women' August 2018 issue. On the which was shot by Robbie Fimmano, Serena is wearing a ERIC JAVITS hat and a THE ROW SPRING 2018 dress. In the issue, she talks motherhood, the pressure to perform and so much more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Serena's feature, visit InStyle.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on July 6th.

Dolce & Gabbana shawl and swimsuit. Janis Savitt earrings. Audemars Piguet watch. Robert Lee Morris bracelets.

On taking a pregnancy in 'Being Serena' & leaving it for 2 hours:
 [laughs] Because I didn’t think I was pregnant! Honestly, I thought it was impossible. I had not seen Alexis [Ohanian, Williams’s husband, the co-founder of Reddit] in, like, four weeks. So I literally took the test just to shut my friend up.

On going to the royal wedding(Meghan Markle) & the Valentino gown she wore:
Yeah, it was super fun. You know, I’ve known Meghan [Markle] for years, so it was good to see my friend happy. A lot. I worked with [Valentino designer] Pierpaolo Piccioli [for my reception look], and I had a great time. The first thing he showed me, I was like, “This is it. I don’t need anything else.” It was such a big hit. I was supposed to wear heels originally, and I’m thinking, “C’mon, Serena—reception. Heels or shoes? Heels or shoes?” I decided to go with the shoes [laughs].

On who she thinks is badass:
Well, obviously Beyoncé. That goes unsaid. Rihanna goes unsaid. Kate Middleton!

On what makes her nervous off the court:
Mostly things about Olympia. Like, is she OK? What is she doing? Did she fall? Did she sit? Even when she crawls I shadow her so she doesn’t hit her head. I have a padded floor—everything makes me nervous about her. Is she in the car? Who’s driving? Why am I not driving? I want total control.

On the obstacle she faced since returning to tennis:
I’m an incredible mental player, but I’m also a physical player. You can’t play a sport without being physically ready. It’s difficult to come back as a professional athlete who was once “Serena.” There are records out there that I want, and I’ll get there, but in due time. I’m always in the fast lane. I’m always extra. I have to be willing to do the work, and I have been. Because, to be honest, I feel pressure to be Serena. But these days I keep telling myself I don’t have to be anything. This is for me.

Gottex swimsuit. Gucci earrings.

Credit: InStyle

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