Whether it's on the court or the red carpet, Serena Williams knows how to bring the heat. The court has essentially become a runway for the 37-year-old tennis champion, whose fashion choices make nearly as many headlines as her performances.
As one of the best tennis players of all time, the Grand Slam athlete doesn't take her platform lightly. She regularly uses her time in the spotlight to bring attention to plights such as equal pay, her experience with racism in the industry and, most recently, sexism.
Serena Williams' buzziest outfits
Serena Williams' buzziest outfits
May 2019: Serena Williams' Met Gala look
The tennis legend at Met Gala co-host took the Met Gala red carpet alongside husband Alexis Ohanian wearing a neon yellow Versace gown adorned with pink and yellow leaves. However, it was Williams' footwear of choice -- OFF-WHITE Air Force 1s in the color of tennis balls -- that truly made the look memorable.
July 2019: Her Swarovski "Swoosh" brooch
All eyes were on Center Court as Serena Williams made her Wimbledon debut on July 2. In classic Serena fashion, her cut-out dress was untraditional, but it was the outfit's Nike "Swoosh" that really left Twitter reeling. The one-of-a-kind brooch was decked out in 34 gold Swarovski crystals, the number to represent Williams' age last time she won Wimbledon.
"Serena Williams' Nike swoosh (aka 'broosh') on her Wimbledon dress is made of 34 Swarovski crystals and that's the only reason I'm going to predict she wins it this year," wrote one Twitter user.
February 2011: A Swarovski-decorated leg cast
A foot injury isn't going to keep the tennis star away from the red carpet. Back in July 2010, Williams was forced to undergo foot surgery after cutting her foot on broken glass. She then turned her boot into a red carpet statement while making a Miami appearance.
“I decorated it myself with crystals. I am trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I hope to be out of the cast and back on the court by spring," she explained at the time.
September 2002: Bodysuit and $29,000 diamond bracelet
Williams' 2002 US Open appearance may have predicted the athlete's love affair with bodysuits. Her Puma creation (pre-Nike partnership) garnered international attention and began her streak as a sartorial force. Not to mention the $29,000 Harry Winston diamond bracelet wore with her outfit.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner made headlines last summer when she famously kicked off the French Open in a Nike catsuit, which was reportedly engineered to prevent further blood clots following a traumatic birth experience with daughter Alexis. The French Tennis Federation responded to Williams' by banning catsuits, a move that has been deemed both racist and misogynistic against Williams.
January 2019: Mint green bodysuit and fishnet stockings
The mother-of-one continued her streak of statement-making fashion at the Australian Open back in January in a Nike bodysuit and fishnet stockings, which became an instant with fans. Williams said after winning the match that her look was intended to inspire new moms.
“I came back. Nike always wants to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit. That was basically it for me," she explained.
August 2018: Lavender tutu
Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open for her second match in another Virgil Abloh-designed creation, this time a one-shoulder lavender tutu which she paired with a pair of fishnets, a matching headband and sneakers.
May 2018: The royal wedding
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian showed up in Windsor in their Saturday best to help celebrate pal Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry. With her blush Versace creation and matching fascinator, ranked high on the celeb-studded best-dressed list. Later that day, the star stepped into a stunning Valentino evening gown which she paired with sneakers.
September 2004: Denim skirt and bedazzled Nike top
For her first US Open tournament with Nike, the tennis star opted for a denim miniskirt and a black Nike crop top adorned with studs. Her look, she said, was influenced by Andre Agave and “watching him wearing jean shorts. "I always said, ‘One day, we’re going to have to bring back the jean short,’” she explained.
August 2014: Hot pink leopard dress
Williams was victorious in her first match at the US Open in 2014, and her outfit made the competition all the more memorable for spectators.
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And a lot of the times, she uses the clothes she wears to do all the talking. For someone who has always dreamed of being a fashion designer, and even studied it in between tournaments, we expect nothing less from Serena.
"My biggest joy is that I know that I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do, that I always dreamed of doing. I went to fashion school back in the early 2000s," she told Essence about starting her own fashion line, Serena.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian together
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian together
US tennis player Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams arrive for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Tennis player Serena Williams her husband Alexis Ohanian arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The Gala's 2019 theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion" inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp". (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the 2018 Brand Genius Awards at Cipriani 25 Broadway on November 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (2L) and his wife British lawyer Amal Clooney (L) talk with US tennis player Serena Williams (2R) and her husband Alexis Ohanian (R) during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Meghan Markle's friend, US tennis player Serena Williams (C), her husband US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian (L) and Meghan Markle's friend, US actress Abigail Spencer (R) take their seats in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TIME WARNER CENTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/04/25: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend premiere HBO documentary Being Serena at Time Warner Center. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams at 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons:Art of the In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend "Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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"This didn’t just pop up for me. It’s something I’ve literally been doing and designing for my whole life. I’d never had an opportunity to have a meaningful partnership where I could be more creative and have a more global reach."
For the first dress When Anna Wintour asked me what I wanted to wear I said "a cape" I just want to wear a cape" she said: "well Sarah Burton with @alexandermcqueen is the one for you.” Thanks Anna. Thanks Sarah. I felt like a princess and superwoman all at once. 📸: @mistadubb @ericamelissa_
After tying the knot with @alexisohanian last night, @serenawilliams debuted her second dress of the evening, a dramatic beaded, feathered @versace_official moment that made her look like a fashion-forward superwoman. Tap the link our bio to see all the stunning photos. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
@serenawilliams married @alexisohanian in a stunning Sarah Burton for @alexandermcqueen princess gown. Tap the link in our bio for more exclusive photos from the star-studded celebration. Photographed by @mistadubb and @ericamelissa_.
I love you both and I'm so incredibly proud of you! Welcome to the club!
“You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport. I’m talking about as a mother, and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.” Congratulations to @serenawilliams and @alexisohanian, who exchanged vows last night. Tap the link in our bio to see the exclusive first photos from their fairytale wedding in New Orleans. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
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@serenawilliams: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport--I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife.
I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.
And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment.
And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we’re doing today.
And I am so grateful, and I am so in love. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
Alani & Kimmie❤️THE ROYAL BALL 👑🎩
Each one of my groomsmen is a best friend who also represents a different period of my life.
Michael: my book & tour, Without Their Permission
Garry: Initialized Capital
To be rich with great friends is a privilege -- and it's no surprise that they all love my bride.
Dressed for The Most Royal Ball 🌹
The Royal Ball. @MichaelCostello ❤️
THE ROYAL BALL 👑🎩 @verawanggang
Yaaaaaay!! So Happy! God is so Good! Love you @AlexisOhanian & @SerenaWilliams! Yallz Murrrred! 🙌🏽🥂💍❤️
Now i can say that i was at one of the most beautiful weddings ! That room was so filled with joy and love . Real Love with real folks. Congratulations to this amazing couple. Alex and Serena ❤️
Meet Michelle @merakimishell the amazing woman behind my incredible @nike Cortez shoes? Yes I wore them down the asile! Comfort for this bride! Thanks Michelle!!! 😍😍