Serena Williams is the cover of the latest edition of Harper Bazaar’s magazine. Tennis star posed for an unretouched shoot for the Magazine appearing on the cover in nothing but a gold cape, while opening up about her now-infamous US Open outburst in a personal essay in the magazine’s pages.
The mother-of-one, 37, flashes some serious flesh as she shares a peek of her bottom in the daring shoot; other images show her wearing a variety of stunning gold ensembles incredible a very sexy mini dress.
But while the shoot itself was daring and powerful, the words Serena wrote alongside it were much more vulnerable, with the tennis pro revealing that she apologized to her US Open opponent Naomi Osaka via text, while once again hitting out at the sexist bias that she believes cause the entire ‘debacle’.
Below is the text she sent Naomi as well as Naomi’s reply
“Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”
When Naomi’s response came through, tears rolled down my face. “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” she said graciously. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”