SEE: Serena Williams’ appearance at the Vogue World show during New York Fashion Week

From court to catwalk, Serena Williams opened the Vogue World show during New York Fashion Week on Monday, wearing a metallic silver Balenciaga outfit and matching floor-length cape. She was joined by four “ball girls” wearing white tennis suits and holding rackets, as a recording of Williams’ memorable 2000 interview with NBC played in the background. I want people to remember me as the woman who changed tennis or just had the opportunity to bring something new to the game, she said in the clip. Her inclusion in the event is proven, as Selena Williams stated that she is giving up tennis to focus on her family in her cover story for the September issue of Vogue; she headlines the magazine in a pale blue Balenciaga suit, accompanied by her daughter Olympia.

While this wasn’t Selena William’s first runway moment — she reportedly made her debut at Off-White’s fall 2022 show following the surprising passing of designer Virgil Abloh — she was joined by some pretty big names in the catwalk of Vogue World. Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Irina Shayk, Lila Greenery, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow and Karlie Kloss were showcased alongside famous people like Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Erykah Badu.

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Tennis Star Serena Williams Makes an Epic Appearance on the New York Fashion Week Runway

In honor of Vogue’s 130-year anniversary, the store hosted a fashion show and trade show during New York Fashion Week, featuring live performances and meaningful walks down the runway by arguably the best models in the business and some recognized faces too. Those who hit the runway at New York Fashion Week wore looks from the Fall/Winter 2022 collections of luxury designers. Serena Williams kicked off the New York Fashion Week show in a custom metallic cape dress from Balenciaga. As the tennis legend walked the runway, she played in the background a recording of her previous interview she gave from Wimbledon 2000, as reported by Vogue.

Stars like Serena Williams, Jared Leto, Lil Nas X and Russell Westbrook reportedly sit in the front row of the show alongside celebrity Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Well-known supermodels seen on the Monday night runway included Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, Golden Valletta, Adut Akech and Imaan Hammam and the sky’s the limit from there. Ooh La artists from Howard University performed during the production. Hari Nef, Jeremy O. Harris, Paul Walker’s girlfriend, Glade Walker, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and many more also participated in the parade. The show ended with a surprise performance from Lil Nas X, who delivered an exuberant rendition of her hit song Industry Baby. Serena Williams and the two Hadid sisters joined him on the runway during the legendary performance.

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