The retired pro athlete posed for the SI Swimsuit issue three times.
Serena Williams is arguably one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. The tennis superstar made her SI Swimsuit Issue debut in 2003 when she posed for Walter Iooss Jr. in Miami. She returned the very next year to work with Iooss in South Florida again.
Throughout her storied career, Williams won a whopping 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 major women’s doubles titles (all with her sister, Venus Williams) and four Olympic gold medals. She played her last professional match at the 2022 U.S. Open last September.
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Off the court, Williams is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother and more. She is the founder of Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm, and S by Serena, her own fashion line.
Williams’s most recent SI Swimsuit feature appeared in the 2017 issue, when she traveled to Turks and Caicos to work with photographer Emmanuelle Hauguel.
“Women need to be celebrated, and they need to embrace what you look like and not from the outside, but from the inside,” Williams said of her Turks and Caicos shoot. “So every time I step out there in that swimsuit, I’m really feeling myself from the inside. I’m feeling my inner beauty and it’s going, and it’s showing in my poses and in everything.”