Serena Williams
Athlete and Designer

Fashion , Footwear

On the court, Serena Williams had a rather un-serena year, but that’s expected, when the 36-year-old spent the better portion of the previous year having her first child, Alexis. Off the court however, Serena had a profound cultural impact in 2018, some good, some not-so-good. The all-time sports great first made news for gracing the cover of *Vogue*’s February issue with her insanely-adorable daughter, then later that month, she returned to tennis. While her year in tennis didn’t yield any trophies, Serena did make it to the Final match at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, revealing she’s still very capable of reclaiming the #1 ranking. With all that said, Serena’s big year happened in fashion. Not only did she grace the cover of *Vogue*, but she worked with Virgil Abloh on the cover of *GQ*’s Woman/Man of the Year issue. And speaking of the Off-White™ designer, Serena and Abloh put together a capsule collection of now-coveted Nike sneakers and apparel. Lastly, and surely not least, Mrs. Williams launched her eponymous clothing line to much acclaim. “We design for the woman that is confident, loves herself and wants to #BeSeenBeHeard.” No one, man or woman, exuded this mantra more than Serena in 2018.
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