Serena Williams might be best known for her tennis, but it's far from the only passion in life she's had, fashion being the other big one.
Williams has been a very busy person ever since retiring, and that's because she's always been passionate about many things. Tennis was, for much of her life, her biggest passion, and the things she did in the sport are well documented.
Some other passion of hers includes business, which is an ever-growing portfolio for her, but also fashion, which has never been in the backseat either. Her fashion statement came both on and off the court, and it's just something she enjoys.
After accepting a fashion icon award recently, Williams spoke a bit about her fashion journey, which included some pretty iconic tennis outfits as well.
I knew when I was a little girl that I was different, so I explored fashion and style as a way to distinguish myself. In many ways for me, the tennis courts became my runway, and the U.S. Open was my own New York Fashion Week. Reimagining the traditional tennis outfit became a way, she said, to express my individuality and my confidence and most importantly, my culture.
Williams is obviously not the only player who approached her attire that way, as players like Bethanie Mattek Sands and her sister Venus are quite known as fashionistas as well.
In her speech following the win, Serena talked about her own creations and design as she studied fashion design during her career. She also created her own line in the meantime and thanked her mother for showing her sewing as a kid.
I designed skirts out of denim and I wore purple tutus and bodysuits and put beads in my hair, and braids. It was really just a fun time for me.”