Serena Williams uses the tennis court as an opportunity to make bold fashion statements. It’s basically her runway. Although her past ensembles have garnered lots of criticism by the media, that hasn’t stopped the number 1 female athlete from pushing style boundaries.
This past Sunday, Serena played the first round of the Australian Open in a pink, red and black asymmetrical catsuit by Nike. Known for making fashion waves on and off the courts, the tennis star explained that this piece was more about paying homage to Olympic gold medalist and track star, Florence Griffith Joyner.
“I was inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete. An amazing athlete growing up,” she said during the post-match press conference. “Her outfits were always amazing and so this year we thought of what can we do to keep elevating Serena Williams on the court. The Nike team actually thought of this design with inspiration from Flo-Jo and I thought oh my God this is brilliant,” she continued.
Serena Williams is arguably one of the best athletes of our time. She continues to use her platform to put on for Black folks. From using fashion as a conversation starter on other Black athletes to speaking up against racism within her industry, she does what it takes to advocate for our people. This fashionable tribute is a great way to pay homage to other great women during Black History Month. What do you think? Did Serena Williams do this Nike jumpsuit justice?