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Serena Williams hits the runway at New York Fashion Week in a Dazzling Look

From the tennis court to the catwalk.

Serena Williams opened the Vogue World runway show during New York Fashion Week on Monday, dressed in a metallic silver Balenciaga gown and matching floor-length cape.

She was joined by four “ball girls” dressed in white tennis outfits and holding rackets while a recording of Williams’ memorable 2000 NBC interview played in the background.

“I want people to remember me as the girl who changed tennis or just was able to bring something new to the game,” she said in the clip.

Serena Williams and Anna Wintour

Williams’ inclusion in the event makes sense, as she announced her retirement from tennis to focus on her family in the September issue of Vogue; she fronts the mag in a powder blue Balenciaga gown, joined by daughter Olympia.

While this was not Williams’ first runway appearance (she debuted in the Off-White fall 2022 show following designer Virgil Abloh’s unexpected death), she was joined on the Vogue World catwalk by some pretty big names.

Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Irina Shayk, Lila Moss, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, and Karlie Kloss all walked the runway alongside celebrities such as Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Erykah Badu.

Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid

Kanye West, Lori Harvey, Kourtney Kardashian, and Travis Barker, Keke Palmer, Doja Cat, and Jared Leto were among those in the front row.

For the stylish “street fair,” models wore new looks from the fall/winter 2022 collections of Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, Valentino, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Banana Republic, Tory Burch, and many more. Collaborations between iconic New York eateries and famed brands included Michael Kors x Katz Deli’s and Banana Republic x Magnolia Bakery. 

Lil Nas X closed out the celebration with his hit song “Industry Baby.”

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