Serena Williams praised for 'giving real examples of women' on unretouched Harper's Bazaar cover

Serena Williams appears unretouched in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, and fans are praising her for the issue's cover shoot.

The US outlet curiously unveiled its latest cover during Williams' quarterfinal match at Wimbledon on Tuesday morning, with a post going live on Williams' own Instagram page as she played fellow American Alison Riske on Centre Court (she won in three sets). 

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"I’m proud to use my voice and words to share an essay on the raw feelings I had during a match we may all remember," Serena wrote of her personal essay in which she reflects on the controversy from the 2018 US Open final. "The essay and unretouched photos are live on @harpersbazaarus."

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“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 @alexilubomirski Styling by @menamorado Hair by @vernonfrancois Makeup by @tyronmachhausen #SerenaWilliams wears @ralphlauren, @bulgariofficial and @louboutinworld
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 @alexilubomirski Styling by @menamorado Hair by @vernonfrancois Makeup by @tyronmachhausen #SerenaWilliams wears @stellamccartney and @tiffanyandco
“Ultimately, my daughter is the reason I use my voice, the reason I picked up a racket again. Love breathes life and newfound perspective into people. It’s not about quitting when someone presents a challenge; it’s about getting up when you are down, dusting yourself off and asking, ‘Is that the best you got?’” Read #SerenaWilliams full essay in our unretouched issue at the link in bio. Photography by @alexilubomirski Styling by @menamorado Hair by @vernonfrancois Makeup by @tyronmachhausen #SerenaWilliams wears @lanvinofficial, @davidyurman, @audemarspiguetsavoirfaire
I’m proud to use my voice and words to share an essay on the raw feelings I had during a match we may all remember. The essay and unretouched photos are live on @harpersbazaarus. Link in bio. Photographed by @alexilubomirski Hair by @vernonfrancois Makeup by @tyronmachhausen Styling by @menamorado
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While some fans questioned who had posted the photo for Serena during her match ("How did you just post this if you’re playing?!?" and "Who’s in charge of this account? The Queen is currently playing her second set" are two sample comments), others were quick to praise the all-time great for continuing to be so open and real with her fans.

"Brilliant. Brave. Bold. You are an inspiration. Can’t wait to read this," former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth said.

"Unretouched photos," someone else wrote. "Giving REAL examples of women."

"Stunning!!! More un-retouched photography please!" another user commented on Harper Bazaar's post.

"Every magazine cover should stop retouching as a practice," someone else said.

In the photo shoot, Serena wears a series of eye-catching gold gowns by Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Lanvin. Her hair flows in the wind in her natural curls as she wears diamond and gold jewelry and gold Louboutin heels.

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"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," she writes 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.’"

Read Serena Williams' full personal essay for Harper's Bazaar's August issue here.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams holds the ball before serving to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams (USA) celebrates during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone in their Ladies' Singles First Round match during Day 2 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams smiles during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams covers her face during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams sits during her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams (L) is congratulated by Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone after beating her during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams is congratulated by Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone after beating her during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams celebrates beating Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates her win against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams celebrates beating Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a forehand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Guilia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates match point in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams returns the ball to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States reacts in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a forehand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States plays a backhand in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Serena Williams of The United States prepares to return the ball in her Ladies' Singles first round match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Serena Williams during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams bounces the ball to serve to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams warms up before her women's singles first round match against Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams returns the ball to Italia's Giulia Gatto-Monticone during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2019. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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