Multihyphenate Serena Williams just added another hyphen.
Williams is known as the G.O.A.T., a record-shattering athlete, entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer — and now, a fashion icon, thanks to the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The tennis star received the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards fashion icon honor Nov. 6, making her the first athlete to win the award.
And she hit the red carpet in a look worthy of her icon status.
Williams made her mark at the American Museum of Natural History in a bespoke black sequin dress, designed by CFDA Chairman Thom Browne. The design featured statement black sleeves and a train. She added even more sparkle via her David Yurman jewelry including the brand's "Fleur de Mer" pavé diamond and pearl and pavé cable drop earrings.
The champion even drove to the CFDA Awards in style, traveling in a Lincoln Navigator SUV that was custom-wrapped to match her ensemble.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve used fashion as an outlet to express myself — fashion gave me the confidence to step on the court and own who I was, and where I knew I was going,” Williams told the CFDA prior to the award show.
In between collecting a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles throughout her career, Williams took on fashion school, a clothing line and the scrutiny of those who weren’t welcoming of her on-court style.
CFDA chairman Thom Browne called her “the ultimate example of individuality in everything she does.”
Williams has delivered iconic looks throughout her 27-year professional career, from proving the denim miniskirt is match-ready at the 2004 US Open to donning a white blazer at Wimbledon a decade later. She cemented herself as a force of fashion in 2018, when her French Open catsuit was banned. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli deemed the look unacceptable, saying that “one must respect the game and the place.”
The tennis champion shook off the controversy and pursued her dream, launching her clothing line S by Serena one year later. Just as Williams finds strength in her own style, she hoped to share that power with others through the line.