The tennis ace, Serena Williams brought her daughter onto the runway at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, as she displayed her latest collection under the S by the Serena fashion brand.
Only less than a week later, Williams failed to win the United States Open, but she and her daughter did win the New York Fashion Week.
Two-year-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr made her runway debut in her mother’s arms, dressed in a black shirt, colourful Nike sneakers, with an adorable high ponytail.
The mother-daughter duo strutted down the catwalk following Williams’ presentation of her S by Serena Collection created to celebrate “women who turn fear into courage and doubt into confidence.”
“It’s really important for me to be all-inclusive. I really love the word inclusivity and not exclusivity — I think that’s just better,” she told Glamour backstage. “I think it’s so important for everyone to feel like they can see an outfit and think, ‘Oh, that looks like me and I feel good in it.’ It doesn’t matter what colour they are.”
The 37-year-old tennis star showed herself to be a fan of bold prints, in hues like purple or bright blue, or in black and white. And she is also clearly partial to bright colours, as in one hot pink ensemble that was part midriff-baring pantsuit, part long skirt.
The most prominent part of her runway, took place when two models wore the same outfit side by side, one in a plus size and one not.
Williams noted later on the red carpet that she her intention was “to show diversity of all colours and all backgrounds and all sizes — just beautiful women.”
According to AP, Burke praised Williams’ runway for being truly diverse. “I love Serena,” she said, adding that fashion is “another world for her to conquer.”