Serena Williams banned from wearing her Catsuit by French Open
Serena Williams (36) has the town talking as she was banned for wearing a catsuit! It is unbelievable how after all these years instead of going forward and evolving in some areas, we are going backward. In 1985, when Anne White wore a catsuit, nothing was wrong with that and now in 2019, for Serena to wear the same outfit is considered as going too far! Keep in mind that the suit was designed for her to prevent blood clots!
Something that almost took her life while giving birth to her daughter! French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli in his recent interview said that she is not allowed to wear the catsuit because… "We’ve gone too far. It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place."
Serena, in her press conference, seems really bothered by the statement that was released and said: "I think that obviously, the Grand Slams have a right to do what they want to do. I feel like if and when, or if they know that some things are for health reasons, then there’s no way that they wouldn’t be okay with it."
"So I think it’s fine. The president of the French Federation, he’s been really amazing. He’s been so easy to talk to. My whole team is basically French, so, yeah, we have a wonderful relationship. When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender."
No matter how unbothered she was, people were pissed! Billie Jean King (74), one of the top tennis players of all time, tweeted: "The policing of women’s bodies must end. The "respect" that’s needed is for the exceptional talent @serenawilliams brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies."
Nike even posted a tweet saying: "You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers."
Andy Roddick (35), former world No. 1 professional tennis player, also tweeted: "This is so dumb and shortsighted it hurts. Sometimes it’d be nice if the sport got out of its own way."
Abi Ishola, the founder of Beyond Classically Beautiful said: "Serena has a natural body type, She’s strong, she’s solid, she’s beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with her body. For someone to say her wearing a certain thing is disrespectful to a place or game is discriminatory. It’s not like she’s bringing some contraband, she’s bringing herself."
Despite all the controversies, Serena made it to the U.S. Open and played Magda Linette (26) from Poland wearing a tutu. Virgil Abloh, the designer of the tutu from Nike’s new Queen collection event said: "When I train, I try to do a little dance because I got tired of doing cardio. I just needed a different form to express myself."
"When I teamed up with Virgil and he pulled out this tutu, I was like … This is the moment I’ve been waiting for"
The game resulted in Serena beating Magda in two sets! Of course, the Queen wins despite all the drama because she is the Queen!
She also talked about how she still is a favourite despite her recent struggles: "That I would be the favorite at this point, almost a year after having a baby, is quite interesting, You know, I don’t know my draw, but I feel like I’m going to have to play — if I want to be the best, I’m going to have to start beating these people anyway."
This is not the first time Serena Williams is being talked about for her body, she has been labeled manly for quite sometimes! She later addressed the body shamers in one of her interviews saying: "It was hard for me, People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong."
"I was different to Venus: she was thin and tall and beautiful, and I am strong and muscular — and beautiful, but, you know, it was just totally different. I'll never be a size four! Why would I want to do that, and be that? This is me, and this is my weapon and machine. I can show Olympia that I struggled, but now I'm happy with who I am and what I am and what I look like."
"Olympia was born and she had my arms, and instead of being sad and fearful about what people would say about her, I was just so happy. My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don't know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day."
"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports—that I belong in Men's—because I look stronger than many other women do."
In her interview with TIME, she said: "It isn’t always easy to be on the stage playing a tournament and have someone making a comment about your body, that it’s too strong. I think the biggest criticism that, not only me but my peers go through is there will be something saying we don’t deserve as much prize money as our male counterparts. When you work so hard, you dedicate yourself. It shouldn’t be a double standard."
She thanked her mother for being her role model saying: "I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer, and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman. I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same."
"We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud! I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same and have the same fortitude you have had. Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I'm not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly."
Before, she talked about how she and her colleagues are going through some hard times because of se*ist comments.
She said: "I think the biggest criticism that, not only me but my peers encounter is that there will be someone saying we don't deserve as much money as our male counterparts."
When you work so hard, you dedicate yourself. It shouldn't be a double standard."
In her letter that was published in Fortune for Black Women's Equal Pay Day every July 31, she said: "I have been treated unfairly, I’ve been disrespected by my male colleagues, and —in the most painful times — I’ve been the subject of racist remarks on and off the tennis court...These injustices still hurt."
"I had talent, I worked like crazy, and I was lucky enough to break through, But today isn’t about me. The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles, Together, we will change the story—but we are going to have to fight for every penny."