Serena Williams reveals reasons for stunning Roland Garros catsuit
Serena Williams says she took inspiration from the superhero world when deciding on her French Open attire.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner took to the court at Roland Garros wearing a much-talked-about black catsuit, and she says it was empowering.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams said, after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier.
“I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” referring to the fictional nation in the Marvel movie Black Panther.
“We designed it way before the movie,” she said, “but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”
“I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”
Despite the superhero motif and mental benefits, Williams also revealed there are medical reasons behind it too.
“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” she added.
“I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”
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