Serena Williams Wears Cornrows On The Cover Of Teen Vogue And Encourages Readers To Support Black Women

December 12, 2018  |  

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Tennis star Serena Williams is ending her 2018 with a bang as the cover model for Teen Vogue.

The new mom is pictured wearing a $1795.00 pleated pink poncho by Zero Maria + Cornejo and $495.00 Khiry adisa drop earrings.

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Her hair was done in cornrows by celebrity hairslayer, er, I mean hairstylist, Vernon Francois. I love that she walked straight back Styled by Jason Bolden, I love how her dress is by a black designer. She’s wearing Off-White, Virgil Abloh’s (current Creative Director of Louis Vuitton) brand. There’s a lot of black representation on this cover and editorial and I’m here for how it’s done in effortless ways and like it should be the norm and not something to celebrate because it has happened.

She sat down with the EIC, Lindsey Peoples Wagner and 12-year-old activist Naomi Wadler for a conversation on power, activism, and black girl magic.

The 23-time, Grand Slam winner admitted to Wagner, “I strive for perfection.” She adds, “I feel like everything I do has to be great and has to be perfect, because I am a true perfectionist.” However, she realizes “that’s impossible.” She spoke more about knowing that every day will not be the same and having the resilience to bounce back from bad days.

She also stressed the importance of women of color supporting each other. “I always like to say that women really should support each other, because the success of one woman should be the inspiration to the next.” Williams’ walks her talk as she’s close friends (and supportive) of your favorite celebs. She was in attendance at Meghan Markle’s wedding, spotted at Art Basel with Alicia Keys, and close friends with Lala Anthony.

This is undoubtedly one of Serena’s best covers. She looks effortlessly beautiful, strong, yet feminine. She’s vibrant and full of life in the editorial.

Keep on being a star, lady! You can read the entire interview, here.

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