Serena Williams Covers New York’s Fall Fashion Issue, Looks Stunning As Usual

Here is Serena Williams, your tennis queen and all-around fantastic human, looking like one hundred million dollars on the cover of New York Magazine’s fall fashion issue. The story contained within is a rundown of both her tennis and her burgeoning fashion career and is a good, hard look at the success she’s had and what she’s done to get there.

First, to put her tennis career into perspective:

The last time a man as geriatric as Serena won a grand slam was 1972. She has won three in the past six months.

She’s really good at her job, please don’t forget it. The pictures are fantastic, and the rest of the piece is wonderful. Here are some of the best.

On her father Richard Williams’ intentions and grand master plan for her and her sister’s career:

 “Would the entrance of strong, fast, ghetto-bred black people into the game change it as dramatically as it had all other sports? … My plan was simple: to bring two children out of the ghetto to the forefront of a white-dominated game.”

On being a representative for all people of color and for all women in her field:

“I don’t think about it,” she says. “I don’t dwell in the past. If I do, I’ll be swallowed up by negativity. As Mandela once said, ‘I will be in a mental prison.’

On her many accomplishments and the pressing need to carve out a life after tennis:

She is here hawking “Serena’s Signature Statement Collection,” because her career will one day end and she wants there to be something beyond nostalgia on the other side of it. Williams isn’t much for nostalgia. “I have lots of trophies, and I’m just — I’m not that person that needs to see all these trophies,” she says, under a blanket in the greenroom with Chip on her lap. “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.”

A flippant past-tenseness has crept into her language. “We were so fast,” she says of herself and her sister Venus as children. “We are. We were. Gosh, is this over?” She laughs. There’s a weird anxiety in her stilted professional bio: Serena “continues to also pursue her other interests and has set herself up for a career after tennis.”

The whole piece is a lovely read and the photos are to die. Check it out, here.