Serena Williams is an undeniable force on the tenniscourt—and off. Williams partners with HSN on a collectionof accessories and clothing called Signature Statement, is aspokeswoman for Mission Skincare and recently unveileda collaboration with OPI on the Glam Slam series of nailshades that will be released in conjunction with the next fourgrand slam tournaments. Her future plans include expanding her apparel repertoire, starting a chain of nail salons (sherecently went to cosmetology school for manicuring) andbuilding a school in Senegal for underprivileged children.André Leon Talley afﬁrmed her fashion cred by choosing heras his Fashion’s Night Out date, and designers curry favor withfront-row runway show seats. But Williams isn’t done addingto her tennis trophies, which now include 28 singles titles.Here, the champ chimes in on her career in and out of tennis,her passion for painted nails and her bodacious bod. We hear you are a manicure-pedicure fanatic. True? I am. Before I started manicure school, I got them doneevery four days. I bit my nails, and the only way I didn’tbite them was to get them done often. Since I have doneit since I was little, I decided to go to school for it. Schoolis really intense. It is totally different than anything I haveever done. It is artsy and crafty. I am excelling at the artsystuff that I didn’t think I was able to do.
How did you create the colors for OPI, and what's your favorite color? When you do a collection, you have to do it in advance andmake sure it is going to be in style. Thank goodness I have afashion background, because I was able to look up differentfashion and nail trends. OPI came up with this great conceptwhere you put on a nail polish and it actually cracks and itlooks like a completely different design that takes hours to do.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"