Serena Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but she completely transformed for her latest magazine cover shoot with Harper’s Bazaar.
The tennis legend looked incredible in the untouched photoshoot, as she posed in a series of eye-catching gold gowns.
In one dazzling snap, Williams cheekily models a glittery golden Ralph Lauren cape — with nothing else on underneath. Adding sky-high gold Louboutin heels, and wearing her natural curls out, she looks worlds away from her usual on-court appearances.
“I’ve been called every name in the book. I’ve been shamed because of my body shape. I’ve been paid unequally because of my sex. I’ve been penalized a game in the final of a Major because I expressed my opinion or grunted too loudly…And these are only the things that are seen by the public. In short, it’s never been easy. But then I think of the next girl who is going to come along who looks like me, and I hope, ‘Maybe, just maybe, my voice will help her.’” @SerenaWilliams goes unretouched on our August 2019 issue and gets candid in a personal essay on BAZAAR.com. Link in bio Photography by @alexilubomirskiStyling by @menamorado Hair by @vernonfrancoisMakeup by @tyronmachhausen @maybelline#SerenaWilliams wears @ralphlauren, @bulgariofficial and @louboutinworld
More photos inside the magazine show the mother-of-one opt for modern and edgy styles, with one photo showing her donning a glamorous figure-hugging Stella McCartney dress, as she wears gold jewellery.
Introducing our August cover star… @SerenaWilliams! The tennis superstar goes unretouched, and gets candid in a first-person essay about last year’s controversial match at the US Open—and why she’ll never regret using her voice to speak out against injustice. Link in bio Photography by @alexilubomirskiStyling by @menamoradoHair by @vernonfrancoisMakeup by @tyronmachhausen @maybellineNails by #KimberlyTa #SerenaWilliams wears @stellamccartney and @tiffanyandco
A third photo then sees the tennis star wearing a metallic gold long-sleeved mini dress by American fashion designer Tom Ford.
Many fans were quick to comment on the stunning photoshoot, with one writing: “Brilliant. Brave. Bold. You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to read this.”
Another added: “She is stunning and such a fantastic role model for young women.”
While a third wrote: “I think she looks beautiful & incredibly strong.”
But while the shoot itself was glamorous and daring, Williams also spoke openly about her time in the spotlight thanks to her stellar career.
“I’ve been called every name in the book. I’ve been shamed because of my body shape. I’ve been paid unequally because of my sex. I’ve been penalised a game in the final of a Major because I expressed my opinion or grunted too loudly… And these are only the things that are seen by the public,” she wrote in the cover story, which is a personal essay written by Williams herself.
“In short, it’s never been easy. But then I think of the next girl who is going to come along who looks like me, and I hope, ‘Maybe, just maybe, my voice will help her.’”
Meanwhile, the glamorous photoshoot comes a week after Williams came under fire after admitting she didn’t realise Australia’s Ash Barty had jumped up to the women’s world number one spot.
In a column written for the Herald Sun, Australian tennis player Sam Groth later claimed that what Williams said was “pretty sh***y” and that she should have been aware of Barty’s success.
Speaking out about the controversy in a post-match interview at Wimbledon, Williams then hit back and described Barty as a “sweet person” and said she has been rooting for her all along.