Tennis legend Serena Williams and her three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. are the faces of the latest Stuart Weitzman marketing campaign. Williams is a seasoned pro when it comes to fashion shoots, but this is Olympia’s first. However, she seems right at home in front of the camera, twinning with her mom and flashing some huge smiles. Read on to see some sweet shots from this mother/daughter modeling gig, and for more on the family, check out Serena Williams’ Husband Defends Her Against Body Shaming Comment.
Per E! Online, the Stuart Weitzman campaign starring Williams and her daughter is called “Footsteps to Follow” and features the brand’s spring collection. Williams has worked with Stuart Weitzman before, becoming their “global spokeswoman” and fronting a few campaigns in 2020. “Serena is back… and this time she’s joined by a very special guest!” the brand’s Instagram announced when her shoot with Olympia dropped.
Fans and fashionistas get a taste of the relationship the tennis star and her toddler share in the video element of the campaign. The two talk as they twirl and pose. “Do you want to go somewhere together?” Williams asks. “Yeah!” Olympia answers. “Yeah, together?” Williams says. “Forever,” her daughter confirms.
“I would definitely call Olympia my mini-me,” Williams also says in the Stuart Weitzman video. “She is mini Serena.”
However, she clarifies that she wants her daughter to feel free to pursue her own dreams. “I don’t know if I hope if Olympia follows in my footsteps,” Williams continues. “I want her to do whatever she wants to do and what’s best for her.”
Who knows what path Olympia will take down the line, but at least for now, she’s into the same sport as her mom. For more on that, check out Serena Williams Is Absolutely Beaming Over Her Daughter Playing Tennis.
The brand’s website reports that “the energy on set was palpable” as the mom and daughter were shot right in their own space.
“Olympia was buzzing with excitement as she spent the day with her mom posing for photographs, dancing together to a soundtrack of hip hop beats and ’90s hits and dressing up in mom-and-me outfits,” the site reads.
It was a special day for Williams, too. “Being on set with Olympia to shoot this campaign meant so much to me, and it is a moment together I will never forget,” she said in a statement.
In 2019, Olympia walked—well, was carried—down her first runway by her mom. The two-year-old made her entrance on Williams’ hip at the conclusion of the presentation of her own S by Serena Williams collection. With a mother who’s not just a fashion plate but also a designer in her own right, we’re guessing that Olympia has quite the stylish career ahead of her too—if she wants to go that route, of course.
Serena Williams Gets All Dolled Up At Home in a Glittering Minidress & Sharp Stilettos
Serena Williams showed off her glam side from the comfort of her own home, getting ready for girls’ night in style.
Hopping up on her bathroom counter to top off her makeup, the tennis pro took to Instagram this afternoon to show off her bold attire. The center of the look came in the form of a glittering black minidress complete with a long-sleeve silhouette and a sequin-coated finish.
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To bring the look to new heights, Williams then slipped on a towering set of stilettos with a recognizable outsole. The red-bottom heels, courtesy of Christian Louboutin, highlight a sharply pointed-toe silhouette with a curved vamp and a teetering height.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is no stranger to wow-worthy pieces. Just yesterday, for example, Williams broke out a floral catsuit from Richard Quinn and Moncler’s collaboration as she displayed how she does “winters in Florida.” The piece came matched to block-heeled combat boots from Stuart Weitzman, a brand the athlete serves as an ambassador and model for.
In May of 2020, Williams officially signed on as the newest global spokeswoman for Stuart Weitzman, starring in the brand’s spring and summer ’20 ad campaign. She has since appeared in shoots for its fall ’20 collection and, most recently, its spring ’21 campaign with her daughter, Olympia.
Williams has also been a Nike athlete since 2003 and has released a number of collaborative projects with the brand over the years. In 2019, the two powerhouses announced that they were looking for emerging designers to help create a Williams-inspired shoe and apparel collection for 2020. She also created her own namesake apparel and accessories brand in 2018 and has since debuted capsules during New York Fashion Week.
‘If Body Ody Was a Person’: Serena Williams Brings Spring Vibes While Flaunting Her Curvy Body
Serena Williams does not only bring the heat on the tennis court, but apparently she does so with her fashion as well. In her March 11 photo posted to social media, she is wearing a long-sleeved body-hugging jumpsuit that is covered in daisies. Paired with the jumpsuit, she wore black combat boots as she stood outside in front of a pile of logs.
“How we do winters in Florida,” she wrote. The current Miami resident seemed confident that she looked great in her outfit because she wrote “The temperature just went up 🔥 🔥 🔥,” in the comments section.
Fans agreed that she looked amazing in her one-piece. One person said, “HONEYYYYY IT’S A WHOLE MOMENT.” Another person wrote that they were, “Soooo obsessed with this look!!!❤️❤️❤️”
Many even dubbed her “Flower Power,” and someone else said this is what it would look like “🔥🔥🔥 If bodyody was a person 😍.”
One thing about Williams is she does not play about her fashion. In a 2017 Vogue interview, she talked more about her love for fashion. “For me there was only one thing I connected to the way I’ve connected to tennis, and that’s been fashion. If you give me a garment, I can tell you what the fabric is, how it’s made, why something can or can’t be done because of the draping, et cetera. Who knows? Maybe I would have won more Grand Slams if I had been 100 percent tennis.”
Williams even has a clothing line, which she named after herself and launched in May 2018. During that time, the 23-time Grand Slam winner revealed that fashion wasn’t something that she randomly became interested in. In an interview with Essence, she shared that fashion was something she took seriously. She also said, “I went to fashion school back in the early 2000s,” and she attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Serena Williams’ Hubby Defends Her Against ‘Racist’ Tennis Star
If you’re a fan of tennis, then it’s very likely that you’re also a fan of Serena Williams. Frankly, she’s so skilled at what she does that her impact goes way beyond her own game. That’s why, in 2016, The Guardian deemed her to be “the greatest sportsperson ever,” backing that up by noting that “[s]he’s overcome adversity to win all the major prizes in tennis, and been way ahead at the top of the game for two decades.” Indeed, the outlet noted that she’s in the league of elite athletic greats such as “Muhammad Ali, Diego Maradona, Pelé, Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt, Jack Nicklaus, Sir Donald Bradman, [and] Roger Federer.”
The sports experts over at ESPN agree, pointing out that when you’re discussing the best of the best, finding Williams’ name on the list is a given. “Of course Jackie Robinson is recognized as one of the great profiles in courage,” the outlet asserts. “Of course Henry Aaron is revered as baseball royalty. Of course Serena Williams is accepted as the greatest tennis champion of her time.”
That’s why it’s downright ridiculous when anyone tries to diminish what Williams has done or what she’s capable of. And although she can (and does) defend herself against others’ baseless opinions, her husband, Alexis Ohanian Sr., is also fully willing and able to stick up for his wife. That’s just what he did when one particular person went after Williams.
Those who are thinking about criticizing Serena Williams regarding her tennis skills might want to keep their opinion to themselves. That’s because they might be taken down by none other than Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian Sr.