Friday 28 July 2017

Pregnant Serena Williams bares all on the cover of Vanity Fair

Serena Williams on the August cover of Vanity Fair. Image: Annie Liebovitz.
Serena Williams on the August cover of Vanity Fair. Image: Annie Liebovitz.
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Serena Williams on Snapchat
Serena Williams of the US poses with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Serena Williams has joined the ever-growing list of celebrities who celebrate their pregnancies by posing nude on the cover of Vanity Fair.

The tennis superstar appears on the cover of the August issue of the prestigious magazine, wearing nothing but a delicate chain as underwear.

In the photographs, shot by Annie Leibovitz, Williams poses in a series of profile images, displaying her growing baby bump.

The 35-year-old is expecting her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian and conducted a full interview with the publication about her pregnancy, revealing that she took a pregnancy test as a "joke" while training for the Australian Open in January following her friend's encouragement after feeling "different physically."

"I’ll take it [the test] just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?" she said.

"I put it down. I went back to finishing hair and makeup, was laughing, talking. I was getting the styling done. An hour and a half later, I went back to the bathroom and I totally forgot about it because it was impossible for me...So I went back to get dressed and I went back in the bathroom and I was like, 'Oh yeah, that test.'"

Williams said that her heart "literally dropped" when she saw that the test was positive, and questioned how she would play the Australian Open.

"Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament," she said.

Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

"How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year."

After taking five further pregnancy tests, and despite her doubts, Williams went on to take home the trophy for the Australian Open.

At six months pregnant, Williams told Vanity Fair in May that she doesn't "know what to do with a baby," and the pregnancy is going by "so fast."

"If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast."

Serena Williams of the US poses with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Serena Williams of the US poses with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

"I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing... I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room."

Williams announced in March that she is expecting her first child with Ohanian (34), after accidentally revealing her pregnancy on social media.

She told the TED conference in Vancouver that the photo she shared of her baby bump was intended only for her personal records.

"I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I'm getting," the 35-year-old said in an on-stage chat with journalist Gayle King.

Serena Williams on Snapchat
Serena Williams on Snapchat

"I was just saving them (for myself)" said Williams. "I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped."

The couple first got together in 2015 and became engaged in December.

Read the full Vanity Fair interview on VanityFair.com and in the August issue, available on July 7.

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