Serena Williams becomes first athlete to receive CFDA’s Fashion Icon award

Serena Williams, the legendary 23-time Grand Slam champion, is about to make history again, this time in the fashion world. 

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has named her the prestigious Fashion Icon award recipient, making her the first athlete ever to receive this honour. This recognition places her alongside past iconic recipients such as Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, and Rihanna.

Serena’s journey to this accolade is as inspiring as her tennis career. She’s been using fashion as a means of self-expression since childhood. Her unique style has bolstered her confidence on and off the court. From clashing with Roland Garros officials over her bodysuit to dazzling audiences at the US Open in a Virgil Abloh-designed tutu-inspired dress, Serena has consistently pushed boundaries with her fashion choices.

What sets Serena apart is her deep connection to the world of fashion. In addition to her incredible tennis achievements, she earned a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, laying the foundation for her fashion endeavours. In 2018, she launched her clothing line, S by Serena, and later expanded her creative horizons into jewellery with her eponymous line.

Serena’s impact extends beyond the court and runway. She embodies the spirit of individuality and represents greatness at its zenith. Her ability to seamlessly straddle both the sports and fashion worlds makes her a true icon in every sense.

The 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards are scheduled to take place on November 6, 2023, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, with Sarah Jessica Parker hosting the event. Serena Williams, a true fashion icon, continues to leave an indelible mark on the world, transcending sports and fashion.


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