Voluptuosity may be a virtue, after all. Just ask 26-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams, who is appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated this month (July 12,2010, issue) and in a pictorial interview in Harper’s Bazaar next month.
Serena Williams sports a plunging white maillot swimsuit in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar – matching her bright and confident smile. In the same issue (and on the Harper’s Bazaar website), a fashion match pits Serena Williams against her older sister, 30-year-old tennis superstar Venus Williams, in tennis, casual and high-fashion attire.
“I’m supercurvy,” Serena Williams explained (in the April 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar). “[Venus] is tall, and she’s like a model, and she fits everything. I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t.”
Serena Williams snatched her 13th Wimbledon Grand Slam title this season, beating Vera Zconareya in just over an hour. The 28-year-old queen of the court is currently the top-ranking female tennis player, rating higher than her sister Venus, who now holds 4th place worldwide.
Pilates, yoga, running and tennis training help Serena Williams to stay in shape, fitting into size 10 fashions, rather than her previous size 12.
Serena Williams has got game … and a great smile.
Although paparazzi and others have frequently focused upon her other assets, Serena Williams has declared that her smile is her own favorite body part.
In May 2010, Serena Williams broke up with her boyfriend, 38-year-old rapper Common (whose real name is Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr.).
Besides her smashing tennis stardom, Serena Williams has become popular for her personality, philanthropic involvements, fashion and reality television series (ABC Family’s Venus and Serena for Real). Serena Williams has appeared on several television programs, including The Division, ER, My Wife and Kids and Street Time – and even did voice-overs for The Simpsons.
Serena Williams was one of the “25 Most Intriguing People” for People Magazine in October 2002, and repeatedly has been one of the “50 Most Inspiring African-Americans” for Essence Magazine. Her fashion clothing label, tagged Aneres, has been featured by major publications as well.
The animated and lighthearted sibling rivalry between Serena Williams and Venus Williams, both on and off the tennis court, has entertained spectators and fans as well. Between Serena Williams and Venus Williams, the two have captured nine of the past 11 Wimbledon tennis titles.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams won the French Open in June 2010.
The Williams sisters also earned Olympic gold medals in tennis, grabbing doubles titles in 2000 (in Sydney) and 2008 (in Beijing).