Serena Williams made it clear during her first match at the US Open that she will not let a dress code dictate what she wears on the court – and people are praising the tennis star.
During her match on Monday, Williams wore a black and brown one-shouldered custom-designed tutu dress by designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh in collaboration with Nike.
The 36-year-old completed the outfit with compression fishnet tights and a pair of sparkly silver NikeCourt Flare sneakers as she won her match against Magda Linette.
Serena Williams just proved she doesn’t need her banned catsuit to look amazing on the court
Amid the controversy surrounding Williams’ form-fitting “catsuit” being banned from future French Opens, the tennis star appeared on the first day of the U.S. Open rocking a custom-designed black tutu, a collaboration between Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh and Nike.
In May, Williams played in the French Open, a tournament she’s won three times. She wore a Black Panther-inspired bodysuit that looked bomb as hell on her, if we’re being honest.
According to Williams, who discussed her US Open dress with Vogue magazine, her newest outfit choice made her feel “very strong and feminine”.
“I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favourite part of it. It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time,” she said.
Nike matched the powerful statement with an Instagram post of the brand ambassador wearing the contentious suit and a caption: “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers.”
— Nike (@Nike) August 25, 2018