Serena Williams covers the August 2018 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Robbie Fimmano and styled by Julie Pelipas.
On finding “the one” [her husband Alexis Ohanian]: “I had this sense, like, ‘I’m going to marry this guy, but I’m not ready yet, but I know I’m going to marry this guy.’ I didn’t know his world at all, but I’ve always been tech-savvy. I had a few investments before I met him, and I wanted to know more. So we started talking, just as friends. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all [laughs]… I don’t know – I love his world.”
On playing tennis after the birth of her daughter Olympia: I’m in the locker room pumping before a match because my boobs are so big. When I pump, they go down a size or two and I go out and play. It’s crazy. So I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day. Then we play, and after that I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m. The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her.
On her message to girls who don’t really feel they have a voice: “Being a girl is not easy—in some areas especially. You have to be really brave. And I realize I am saying this from the United States, so I have an opportunity to speak more than the next person—I’m saying that with the understanding that maybe they can’t. It’s really just about being aware and educating yourself so you can help other people be aware. Once you do that, even if you reach one person, that’s more than none.”
Cover: The Row Dress | Eric Javits Hat
First Image:The Row Dress | Bulgari Bracelets | Audemars Piguet Watch | Rings, worn throughout, her own
Second Image: Gottex Swimsuit | Gucci Earrings
Hair: Angela Meadows
Makeup: Natasha Gross
Manicure: Naomi Gonzalez for Artists by Timothy Priano
[Photo Credit: Robbie Fimmano/InStyle Magazine]