Serena Williams appears on the cover—and inside the pages—fully unretouched. To celebrate the strength and beauty of women in their most authentic states, Harper’s BAZAAR produced all of the stories in their feature well without any airbrushing at all.
On Naomi’s victory: “In the end, my opponent simply played better than me that day and ended up winning her first Grand Slam title… I thought back to my first Grand Slam. It’s the one you remember best; it’s supposed to be the most special. This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic. Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player, something she should remember as one of the happiest memories in her long and successful career. My heart broke.”
On Serena’s apology to Naomi: “Days passed, and I still couldn’t find peace. I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket. Finally I realised that there was only one way for me to move forward. It was time for me to apologise to the person who deserved it the most. I started to type, slowly at first, then faster as if the words were flowing out of me.
“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.”
The August cover star of Harper’s Bazaar US photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with styling by Miguel Enamorado. Hair and makeup by Vernon Francois and Tyron Machhausen. (source)
Click here to view last year cover featuring Taylor Swift, here to view 2017 cover featuring Miley Cyrus, here to view 2016 cover featuring Gwen Stefani, here to view 2015 cover featuring Natalie Portman, here to view 2014 cover featuring Cameron Diaz, here to view 2013 covers featuring Sofia Vergara, here to view 2012 cover featuring Rihanna, here to view 2011 cover featuring Anne Hathaway, here for 2010 cover with Cameron Diaz and here for 2009 cover with Kate Winslet.