Serena Williams Aces Haters In A Tutu
The woman has class.
After the French Tennis Federation banned the amazing Serena Williams's catsuit at the French Open -- saying outfits like hers go "too far" -- spectators were curious to see what she would do next... and she came out all guns blazing. Just as we knew she would.
Go, girl. We knew you'd show them.
For her U.S. Open debut this week -- which ended in a Serena Williams victory, natch -- the tennis champion wore an Off-White x Nike tutu designed by Louis Vuitton Menswear's artistic director and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh.
The single-sleeved dress has a one-shoulder effect with brown panelling and features a full tulle skirt, a look she paired with compressing fishnet tights and a blush Nike t-shirt during her warm up.
What an absolute princess.
And she looked SO GOOD. It was such a great stick it to the man moment, we just can't get enough. Especially as the reason she was wearing the catsuit in the first place was that it had been specifically designed to help prevent blood clots -- which is an ongoing health issue for her. Nice one Bernard Giudicelli, French Tennis Federation President.
And apart from being useful, that fierce black Nike catsuit was also a nod to the movie Black Panther. “I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” she joked at the time. In an Instagram post, the mum of one, who nearly died in giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, dedicated it to “all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy.”
Feel good now, Bernard?
Williams told reporters during her post-match press conference that she'd actually been hoping to wear a tutu for some time, describing the look as "easy to play in" and saying that the outfit was "kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free. It feels really good," she told reporters. "Yeah, the tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before. That was fun."
And that wasn't all the Serena goodness this week either. Nike released a new ad featuring the champion, with real video footage of her as a nine year old, playing with her father Richard on a local court in 1991, mixed with footage of her competing at various US Opens as a professional.
It's moving. And magical.
And the internet loved it.
She can do no wrong. Can't wait to see what she wears next.
Au revoir, Bernard.