Serena Williams commands the Vogue World show at Balenciaga

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From tennis champion to model, Serena Williams can do it all.


After playing what was likely the last match of her tennis career at the US Open earlier this month, Williams, 40, took to the runway at the Vogue World fashion show on Monday in New York.


The tennis champion opened the show wearing a custom silver Balenciaga tank dress paired with a long cape. With her hair pulled back into a long ponytail, the athlete paired the sparkly look with large, eye-catching diamond earrings.


Serena Williams.
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As she walked down the track, Williams was joined by four ball girls wearing white tennis outfits and holding tennis rackets. vogue noted that as she walked, a recording of Williams’ voice from an NBC interview about the 2000 Wimbledon tournament was heard: “I want people to remember me as the girl who changed tennis or who just might have brought something new to the game.”




Williams also sported Balenciaga recently when she wore a custom designer blue dress on the cover of the magazine’s September issue, vogue Noted. It was in her interview for this cover that the 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed that she would “be moving away from tennis.”


Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid.
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Vogue World: New York, which took place during New York Fashion Week, was both a fashion show and a street fair, according to a statement from the magazine. The event was inspired by the theme of this year’s September issue: “The New World of Fashion”.


The runway portion featured new looks from the Fall/Winter 2022 collections by Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, Valentino, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Brother Vellies, Bode, Conner Ives, Christopher John Rogers, Collina Strada, Matty Bovan, Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, No Sesso, Diesel, Banana Republic, Tory Burch, and more, according to the magazine.




For the “street fair” portion of the event, guests were able to check out collaborations between iconic New York restaurants and famous designers.


Serena Williams.
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Partnerships included Michael Kors x Katz’s Deli, Banana Republic x Magnolia Bakery and Burberry x Sloane Fine Tea.


The event was star-studded both on and off the track. Some of the models featured in the show were Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Ella Emhoff, Joan Smalls, Irina Shayk, and Karlie Kloss. Guests included Devin Booker, Kanye West, Keke Palmer, Jared Leto, Ashley Biden and Lori Harvey.

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